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Hollywood moves into the big time

A $6 MILLION expansion project is set to turn Hollywood Private Hospital into one of the largest private health facilities in Australia.

The recently approved proposal involves the construction of two new wards, each with a capacity of 30 beds, 95 per cent of which will be single room accommodation.

The expansion project started in May and aims to enable the hospital to better cater for the growing number of patients choosing to be treated at the Nedlands facility.

The extra beds will increase the flexibility of bed use and relieve the intense pressure on beds, particularly during the winter months.

The opening of the two new wards, scheduled for March 2002, would allow the hospital to close the George Gosse Ward, an older-style ward, hospital communications manager Catherine Archer said.

“The hospital needs to improve and upgrade its facilities and it is likely these two wards will be closed to patient use and turned into administration space, such as offices or consulting rooms,” Ms Archer said.

But the development project will not stop with the new wards. Hollywood executive director Kevin Cass-Ryall said four additional operating theatres were planned, along with a new intensive care unit and a fit-out of a cardiac catheter laboratory.

The 30-bed psychiatric unit also has been earmarked to receive an extra 10 beds.

Ramsay Health Care bought Hollywood, an acute care private teaching hospital, in 1994 from the Federal Government.

The hospital has since been redeveloped from an older style hospital to a state-of-the-art facility specialising in surgery, rehabilitation, psychiatric and palliative care.

Ramsay Health Care was founded in 1964 and, after recently acquiring the New South Wales-based Alpha Group of hospitals, is now the second largest private hospital operator in the country.

Ramsay Health Care now has 23 hospitals and an estimated 2300 beds under its wing.

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