The first sod has been turned on Ramsay Health Care’s newest private hospital, marking a significant milestone for the project at New Epping in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.
The $133 million Northern Private Hospital will be a 126-bed facility, with four operating theatres, a cardiac catheter lab, three inpatient wards and a day oncology centre.
Ramsay Health Care’s State Manager for Victoria, Austin Wills, said the state-of-the-art hospital would cater for the diverse health care needs of the growing community in Melbourne’s north.
“Northern Private Hospital will provide an important boost to health care services, because not only is this one of the fastest growing areas in Australia, it’s also the last major growth corridor in Victoria without a private hospital,” Mr Wills said.
“As Australia’s largest private hospital operator, Ramsay Health Care is looking forward to playing a greater role in providing vital health care to residents in this region.”
The Northern Private Hospital development is part of a $2 billion master planned community which will include 151 affordable housing residences plus other residential and commercial projects.
It’s one of the most ambitious urban renewal projects ever seen in Australia and will rehabilitate the site of the old Epping Quarry.
The Northern Private Hospital will sit adjacent to the existing Northern Hospital and will be connected via a link bridge, making it the only co-located private hospital in the area.
“Ramsay Health Care has a 57-year history of leading the way in Australia’s private health care sector. Our patients at Northern Private will be able to access a broad range of treatments across a multitude of specialties,” Mr Wills said.
The New Epping community will be developed over a 10-15 year period with Northern Private Hospital set to be completed in September 2023.