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Townsville patients to benefit from new short-stay surgical hospital by Ramsay Health Care

Feb 07, 2022

More North Queensland residents will soon have access to health care services from Australia’s largest private hospital operator, with Ramsay Health Care announcing its plan to lodge a development application for a short-stay hospital and integrated patient care facility in Townsville.

The proposed Ramsay Surgical Centre is designed to provide the Townsville community with access to gold standard clinical services and world-class facilities with an emphasis on digitisation and technology to enhance the patient experience.

Ramsay Health Care Australia CEO, Carmel Monaghan, said: “Ramsay Health Care is excited to be entering the Townsville market for the first time with this new standalone surgical centre that will allow locals to access high-quality health care outside the traditional hospital setting.

“The Ramsay Surgical Centre will focus on short stay and day surgery options, working with some of Queensland’s leading doctors and utilising advanced technology to ensure the best possible care for our patients.

“By focusing on short stay and day surgery we can offer a new alternative for privately insured patients and an affordable option for self-insured patients.”

The proposed Ramsay Surgical Centre will offer specialities including Orthopaedics, General Surgery, Endoscopy, ENT and Gynaecology. The proposed development will initially include four operating theatres, a procedure room and 24 inpatient beds, with capacity for future growth. 

“Importantly, it will also provide access to Ramsay Health Plus, our outpatient allied health service which offers personalised pre- and post-operative care, as well as allied health services for the Townsville community,” Ms Monaghan said.

“This allows us to provide patients the full services support they need while recovering in comfort in their own homes.”

Ramsay Health Care’s partnerships with leading universities and TAFE Queensland mean the hospital will be able to hire and continue to develop the very best health care workers.

“The proposed development has received strong support from local surgeons and anaesthetists and will result in more jobs for health care workers in the region, including nurses and administration workers,” Ms Monaghan said.

The proposed Ramsay Surgical Centre, built on 8,000sqm on Charters Towers Road, is scheduled to be operational in 2024. 

Ramsay Health Care has been supporting regional communities for more than 40 years and offers existing services in north Queensland including Cairns Private Hospital, Cairns Day Surgery and mental health services through Ramsay Clinic Cairns.