PLANS for the Hunter region’s first private hospital emergency department have been unveiled at Lake Macquarie on Wednesday.
Lake Macquarie Private Hospital aims to open the new department in March 2015, it will include a specialised sports medicine service on weekends for emergencies stemming from local sporting events.
Hospital CEO Ian Maytom said the announcement was an exciting development for the Hospital and the region.
“While private emergency departments are common in some metropolitan areas in Australia, they are very rare in regional areas,’’ he said.
‘‘This is a first for Newcastle and, with the back-up of Lake Macquarie Private’s extensive cardiac, intensive care and surgical services, we are well positioned to be able to provide a comprehensive emergency service for the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.’’
The unit will operate on a fee-for-service basis similar to other private emergency departments throughout the country.
“Our aim will be to link in with GPs, ambulance services and public hospital emergency services to ensure we are providing a complementary and comprehensive service to the local community,’’ Mr Maytom said.
The plan was officially unveiled today at 11am, with Newcastle Knights former captain Danny Buderus on hand at the launch.
Mr Buderus, who received treatment at the hospital as a Knights player, welcomed the specialised sports medicine service for weekend sport emergencies.
The department will also provide on-site radiology, pathology and diagnostic cardiology services.