John Flynn Private Hospital launches revamped emergency department
May 11, 2020
John Flynn Private Hospital has opened the doors to its brand new, expanded and completely renovated emergency department (ED) in February 2020.
The emergency department expansion and refurbishment has not only seen a complete overhaul of the old ED, but has doubled its capacity – from seven emergency bays and two associated rooms to 14 emergency bays and four associated rooms.
Among the largest re-developments in the Gold Coast hospital’s history, the ED expansion will accommodate demands for larger, better equipped emergency health care facilities.
John Flynn Private Hospital CEO, Mark Page, said the development of the emergency department allows the facility to accommodate the growing population in the area and continue delivering the highest level of care to every patient requiring emergency treatment.
“The growing population, assisted by new housing developments on the southern Gold Coast and Northern Rivers areas, means that John Flynn Private Hospital is the primary private hospital of choice for more and more people,” he said.
“Like in any hospital emergency department, there is always a high demand for beds and quality care. This redevelopment has allowed us to double capacity, meaning we can service more patients and reduce wait times.”
“Looking to the future and the needs of our patients on the Gold Coast, the revitalisation and expansion of the emergency department at John Flynn Private Hospital supports our overall vision of delivering the highest quality and levels of care to all patients that walk through the doors.”
The emergency department expansion also increases patient access to urgent medical imaging services, which can be accessed at John Flynn Private Hospital by patients with no out-of-pocket costs thanks to a partnership with South Coast Radiology.
The new initiative means people who seek urgent treatment at the facility’s Emergency Department could save hundreds of dollars on diagnostic tests.
The expansion is part of a $30 million “P.O.W.E.R project” – one of the largest developments ever undertaken by John Flynn Private Hospital. The project began at the end of 2018 and is due to be complete by mid-2020.
P.O.W.E.R stands for:
P. – The arrival of a new Positron-Emission Tomography (PET) scanner represents the ‘P’ in the P.O.W.E.R. development and is a big gain for the hospital which has not previously had these comprehensive diagnostic capabilities.
O. W. – Two new operating theatres (‘O’) will also be built as well as a new 30-bed ward (‘W’), bringing the number of operating theatres to 12 and inpatient beds to 364.
E. – The expansion and revitalisation of the emergency department has doubled the capacity of this facility from seven to 14 bays.
R. – The relocation of the renal unit (‘R’) from the main hospital building to the John Flynn Private Hospital Cancer Centre was completed at the end of 2018. The new unit is co-located with the new Day Oncology Unit – which was also completed in late 2018 – in a large, modern area specifically designed for the needs of patients who may have to visit the hospital on a regular basis.
Mark Page, Laura Gerber, Ros Bates, Danny Sims, Ben Walters