The first ‘turn of the turf’ is scheduled for early 2019 and work on the new-look Lower Hutt private hospital is due for completion in 2020.
“We’re committed to staying and growing in the Hutt Valley, and for the local community it will be very exciting to have such an up-to-date private hospital right on their backdoor step,” says Boulcott chief executive Sarah Boyes.
On completion, the public can look forward to even better access to surgery, especially within the in-demand areas of orthopaedics, ophthalmology and plastics.
“The expansion is going to mean the very latest in technology, better services, better everything,” says Sarah.
For starters, there will be two new theatres equipped with state-of-the-art technology, bringing the total number of theatres to five.
A new post-anaesthetic care unit, a new day-stay and admissions unit, up to 26 in-patient beds, all single rooms, are all part of the plan.
So too is a new endoscopy and procedure suite featuring two procedure rooms, recovery areas and consulting rooms.
“We’re still working out of the suite we’ve had from the beginning, so this is the first upgrade and being purpose-built it will bring us totally up-to-date.
“We are currently in the process of upgrading this endoscopy space in the interim,” says Sarah.
Increased theatre sizes will allow room for additional equipment.
“One of our oldest theatres is quite small and it can be somewhat problematic space-wise with the equipment we need in there, so we are looking forward to more space,” says Sarah
She is well aware the expansion is needed to help grow the hospital itself.
“We’re working to capacity here, so this project will give us 10 years’ worth of growth, we’re building for the future.”
With a good staging plan in place, Sarah reassures patients and the public that the hospital will remain fully operational throughout the new build with minimal disruption to existing services.
“It will all be done in stages so that we can maintain patient care and comfort - we’ll start on the front half of the building first and work our way backwards, then focus on the inner workings.
“It is going to be a very busy time for myself and my management team as we work through the final planning and through the build, but overall it’s really exciting.”
Boulcott was bought by Healthe Care Australia last May, the third largest private hospital group in Australia.