Northpark Private Hospital Emergency Department declared open
For residents of Melbourneâ€™s north-east access to emergency healthcare is set to become a lot easier with the opening of Northpark Private Hospitalâ€™s Emergency Department.
The state-of-the-art, Level 2 Emergency Department (ED) was officially opened on 18 November by former Collingwood footballer and local businessman Tony Shaw.
â€œAn easily accessible Emergency Department is important for the sustained healthcare of any community. We are lucky that today we open a brand new ED right here in our own backyard that supports our community in what can be the most stressful and delicate of times,â€ said Tony.
The inclusion of the $3 million dollar Emergency Department at Northpark Private Hospital will help relieve the high demand for emergency healthcare services in the ever growing north-eastern suburbs.
General Manager, Northpark Private Hospital, Simon Keating explained that it is essential that both private and public hospitals, in the northeast, work together to ensure healthcare cohesion.
â€œThe Northpark Private Hospital Emergency Department will provide additional resources to support the public hospitals in our area, which are often at capacity,â€ explains Simon.
Community healthcare is a big focus for Northpark Private Hospital.
â€œIn the north of Melbourne the population is forecasted to grow to over 228,000 residents by 2031, this requires us to build long term, sustainable healthcare services now,â€ explains Simon.
The Emergency Department will be opened for patients in late November.
â€œWe have a newly recruited, dedicated team of emergency medicine specialists, headed up by Associate Professor Biswadev (Dev) Mitra, who are all looking forward to begin treating members of our community, â€œexplains Simon.
As a 137 patient-bed facility, with five operating theatres, Northpark Private Hospital has a strong background in the delivery of medical and acute specialist care.
â€œOver the past year we have treated over 16,000 patients and had over 75,000 outpatient attendances and this is set to increase. We have a continued growth strategy that will ensure that will also be able to provide quality local healthcare to our community,â€ explained Simon.
Additional car parking was also included as part of the ED development.