Growth and Innovation

Newcastle Private Hospital growth focus for future

A $54 million expansion at Newcastle Private Hospital (NPH) is due to be completed in August resulting in better care and outcomes for patients.

Newcastle Private Hospital is a 174 bed, acute private hospital facility co-located on the John Hunter campus at Rankin Park.

The brownfield development will deliver 244 extra car parks, 1000 square metres of consulting, an extra operating theatre and a stand-alone 16 bed coronary care unit with a new Phillips catheterization laboratory and its own admission/discharge facility.

Cardiologist Dr Suku Thambar believes the expanded facility will benefit the people of the Hunter.

“The new facilities will further enhance Newcastle Private’s already high quality cardiology services and increase patient through-put,” he said.

“One of the issues in the Newcastle region has been the lack of beds.

“This development will enable more treatment and that will enhance patient care.

“The other great positive for NPH is that it is co-located on the same grounds as John Hunter Hospital which enables greater movement of personnel and access to John Hunter’s tertiary facilities.”

John Hunter Campus is the major tertiary public facility for the Hunter Region.

NPH has grown since inception in 1994 in line with demand from the broader Hunter community to become the largest private hospital in Newcastle.

New Lambton heart specialist Dr Angela Worthington believes the new cardiac laboratory will take the pressure off the public system.

“There is a long waiting list for cardiac facilities and services,”Dr Worthington said.

“Until now, there has only been the one hospital in theHunter with all the ‘bells and whistles’, so to speak, in the one place.

The new development means I can send all my patients who have private insurance to Newcastle Private Hospital to access care and services in the one location. This will benefit treatment.

“Healthscope has done a great job listening to what their specialists ask for,and accommodating what they need.”

Newcastle Private Hospital general manager Michael Mitchell is excited about the development and what it will mean for his clients.

“The inclusions will be state of the art and enhance existing services,’’ he said.

“We believe at Newcastle Private that hospitals are about people not buildings.

“This development is going to enable us to achieve good outcomes and do more good things for people, and we are looking forward to that.” NPH employs over 600 people and hosts 327 visiting specialists.