Major expansion opens at Peninsula Private Hospital as
surgeon performs Australian-first heart procedure
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has officially opened a $34 million dollar expansion at Peninsula Private Hospital, which will help to meet the growing needs
of the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston communities.
The Adelaide Clinic officially opens mental health expansion project
South Australian patients requiring psychiatric services have access to a new ward with 28 beds, which has officially opened at The Adelaide Clinic.
Orange will be the first regional city in NSW to introduce a
Robotic Surgical Assistant (ROSA) to total knee replacement
The ROSA robot is designed to help specially trained
orthopaedic surgeons at Dudley Private Hospital with the
precise placement of the knee implants, ensuring patients
no longer need to leave the region to access this particular
Orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Evan Jones, said: “Dudley Private
Hospital staff and surgeons all welcome this evolution in adult
“While the surgeon remains in complete control of the
procedure, the ROSA robot will provide an extra level
of precision and accuracy,” Dr Jones said.
“The main aim for our team is to improve theatre efficiency
and, of course, the goal is always to strive for better patient
outcomes. The benefit for our patients is they can remain in
the region to have access to this technology instead of having
to travel to, and stay in, the metropolitan cities.”
Dudley Private Hospital CEO, Paul McKenna, said: “The
philosophy at Ramsay Health Care is ‘people caring for people’
and we believe robotics plays a large part in the future
of how our staff and surgeons can care for our patients.”
“ROSA will be installed in March and our five orthopaedic
surgeons have already begun their training in the use of this
equipment to ensure they are completely skilled in its use
prior to patient procedures. Total knee replacements are
very common in Australia so we’re excited that we can offer
additional services to the region.”
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The development includes two new modern wards
containing 72 private beds, as well as six extra day oncology
chairs, and two more operating theatres.
The investment means Peninsula Private Hospital now
offers 348 beds, 18 day oncology chairs, and eight operating
theatres, in addition to its emergency department, intensive
care unit, hybrid theatre and cardiac catheter laboratories.
Attendees at the official opening included Federal Member
for Dunkley Ms Peta Murphy, Mayor of Frankston Sandra
Mayer, Ramsay Health Care Chairman Michael Siddle,
Ramsay Health Care Managing Director and CEO Craig
McNally, Ramsay Australia CEO Danny Sims, Peninsula
Private Hospital’s Medical Advisory Committee Chair Prof
John Botha, as well as medical specialists and hospital staff.
Peninsula Private Hospital CEO, Michelle Henderson, said:
“We are in the unique position to be able to offer residents
on the Peninsula access to the highest possible standard of
care using state of the art technologies.”
The 14-month project has created 100 new jobs within the
local community, making the hospital one of the largest
employers on the Mornington Peninsula with more than
Patients also now have access to a new Australian-first stent
procedure at Peninsula Private Hospital, which can improve
the quality of life for cardiac patients.
So far, only three patients have received the BIOSS LIM C
bifurcation stent, which opens the artery blockage without
affecting the blood flow to the other side branch arteries.
The bifurcation stent has a ‘gate opening’, which means
when one blockage is opened, blood still flows through the
This technique can now be used to treat difficult coronary
artery blockages, where a traditional stent might not
Peninsula Heart Centre cardiologist, Dr Greg Szto, is the
only specialist in Australasia with approval to use this
bifurcation stent and carry out the procedure.
70-year-old David Barclay had the stent inserted in
December 2019 after a complex heart artery blockage was
found. The new bifurcation stent was required to treat this
blockage as it involved two areas of the heart.
Ramsay Health Care Australia’s CEO, Danny Sims, and
South Australia’s Minister for Health and Wellbeing,
Stephen Wade, opened the mental health expansion on 18
South Australian Premier, Steven Marshall, was among
approximately 60 guests invited to the ceremony. Those in
attendance also toured the new facility following the official
Features of the new ward include spacious rooms with
ensuites and plenty of natural light with day beds in
The Adelaide Clinic CEO, Carol Turnbull, said the
development added another 28 beds to the existing facility,
bringing the total to 84 effective inpatient beds.
This complements the separate day program facility at
Magill and extensive community service covering the entire
metropolitan area of Adelaide, accommodating the full
continuum of patient care.
“The Adelaide Clinic was already a leading provider of
psychiatric services in South Australia; this project now
allows us to offer spacious and calming areas to provide
treatments for all psychiatric patients. The new ward was
included in the gazettal of The Adelaide Clinic services
issued on 12 December 2019 by the South Australian
Ms Turnbull said.
The new ward was built to replace Fullarton Private
Hospital, which closed in December 2019 after its final
patient was transferred to The Adelaide Clinic.
Dudley Private Hospital brings cutting edge technology to regional
New South Wales
In a first for the Central West region, Dudley Private Hospital, Orange has purchased a state-of-the-art million-dollar robot to assist with surgery and provide local
treatment previously limited to a few major cities.