DEVELOPMENTS Telethon Children’s Ward Opens in Joondalup Families in the northern suburbs now have access to improved and expanded health care facilities, following the official opening of the new 37 bed Telethon Children’s Ward at Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) in June. Ramsay Australia CEO Danny Sims and WA Health Minister John Day open the new Telethon Children’s Ward at JHC. Ramsay to Run Albury Cancer Hospital Ramsay Health Care (Ramsay) has been announced as the provider of hospital services at the new Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre (AWRCC). Sunshine Coast Mayor, Mark Jamieson & Ramsay Managing Director, Chris Rex. 4 The Ramsay Way 2016 | 02 The project was jointly funded by the State Government ($5.7m), Telethon ($6m) and Ramsay Health Care ($3m) and was delivered ahead of time and within budget. JHC Chief Executive Officer Kempton Cowan said the Telethon Children’s Ward is all about the kids and ensuring their hospital stay is as pleasant as possible. “We know coming to hospital can be really daunting for both children and their parents,” Kempton said. “A key focus of this bright and family-friendly new ward is to create the most positive experience possible for our young patients.” The ward features a giant aquarium filled with more than 200 tropical fish and interactive play floors in a dedicated, bright and attractive play area. Most patient rooms include a day bed for parents so they can stay with their child whilst they are in hospital. Patient rooms are reserved as a safe and pain-free space where each child can feel relaxed, with blood tests or other painful procedures performed in a dedicated treatment area with the aid of 3D pain distractors. The ward also features better facilities for children with physical disabilities, including an assisted bathroom enabling them access to a full bath. The addition of 13 beds on the new ward means more children in the rapidly growing northern suburbs, where the population is expected to exceed 500,000 residents by 2020, can access medical treatment sooner. In 2015, more than 23,000 children presented to the JHC Emergency Department – representing 20 per cent of all metropolitan paediatric attendances and a 60 per cent jump on five years ago – and more than 3,000 children were admitted to the hospital’s paediatric ward. Funded by the Federal Government and with input from private consortia, the AWRCC is a state-of-the-art purpose-built three storey inpatient and out day patient cancer facility which is located on the Albury Hospital campus. Due to open in July 2016, the AWRCC will consist of The Border Cancer Hospital run by Ramsay Health Care; a radiotherapy service and a medical oncology consulting practice. Ramsay, which has provided hospital and health care services in Albury Wodonga for almost 40 years, will operate The Border Cancer Hospital, servicing both public and private cancer patients. The Border Cancer Hospital will consist of a 28 chair day chemotherapy unit and a 30 overnight bed cancer ward. All rooms will be private with ensuites. The onsite medical consulting suites and radiotherapy centre will be in close proximity ensuring a seamless experience for patients. Ramsay’s Albury Wodonga CEO Doug McRae said the Company was delighted to be part of this new comprehensive cancer facility which would provide state-of-the-art integrated cancer services to both public and private patients, all under one roof. “This is going to be a terrific new cancer facility for Albury Wodonga and the surrounding districts and we are very pleased to be part of the team which will deliver this service to the community. We look forward to working with Albury Wodonga Health and the other service providers, towards the best outcomes for patients,” Doug said. “Ramsay already provides some cancer services from its Murray Valley Private Hospital campus but these services will now be transferred to the new AWRCC facility which is due to open in coming months.” Lou Lieberman, Chairman Albury Wodonga Health Board (left) with Ramsay Health Director Peter Evans (right) outside the new Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre. Caloundra Private Clinic Unveils New Development Caloundra Private Clinic has opened a further 24 mental health beds on the Sunshine Coast at Caloundra, more than doubling its capacity to 46 beds. The new unit was officially opened by Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson and Ramsay Managing Director Chris Rex in June. More than forty mental health specialists from both the public and private healthcare sectors on the Sunshine Coast were in attendance. The existing mental health service at Caloundra Private Clinic was established in November 2013, providing inpatient and outpatient treatment for sufferers of mental illness including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, PTSD and Schizophrenia. The new mental health unit includes 24 new single rooms with ensuite bathrooms, a dining room, a group therapy room and a patient lounge room. The new facilities have been designed with patient wellbeing and comfort as a priority. Windows maximise the presence of natural light and communal areas and courtyards promote socialisation. Patients have access to a well-stocked library, a gymnasium and the internet during their stay and in-house qualified chefs provide nourishing and delicious bistro style food as part of the dining experience. Careful planning has gone into the provision of treatment-specific therapy rooms and both the day-patient and in-patient areas are discreet. Donna Kain, CEO, Caloundra Private Clinic said $2.5m dollars had been invested by the clinic in the refurbishment of the Unit. More full-time psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health nurses have also been employed to meet the unmet need to access mental health services quickly on the Sunshine Coast. “The opening of these new facilities will make a positive difference to the Sunshine Coast region’s health system and deliver increased access to mental health care services,” Donna said. Lux Harrington (aged 7) and her mother Jo Harrington in the new Telethon Children’s Ward. Danny Sims, CEO, Mark Jamieson, Chris Rex, Dr Di Minuskin (President SCLMA), Lloyd Hill, State Manager, Donna Kain (CEO CPC), Dr Jon Steinberg, CPC Medical Director.
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