‘Quiet hospital’ opens in Epping

Staff ready to welcome patients at the new hospital.

Victoria’s newest private hospital has opened showcasing a raft of leading technology and sustainability features.

The $145 million Northern Private Hospital at Epping has pioneered the latest digital devices for patient safety and quality, including a new communication system making it Victoria’s first ‘quiet hospital’.

Northern Private Hospital CEO, Shaune Gillespie, said the technology meant less disruption for patients and faster communication between staff.

“Gone are the days when patients, and even staff, had to buzz a noisy call bell for assistance and hope it gets heard. Now, the message goes directly to exactly who needs to hear it,” Mr Gillespie said.

“Our smart comms devices link a patient’s call button, monitors and other safety equipment directly to the nurses looking after them. They also allow our nurses to immediately, and silently, call for additional assistance.”

Mr Gillespie said Ramsay’s multi-million-dollar investment in a range of technology was all about providing integrated, world class patient care.

“Northern Private will also accept referrals direct from GPs, helping to take pressure off local emergency departments and reduce wait times for patients,” he said.

Northern Private Hospital is operated by Australia’s largest private hospital operator – Ramsay Health Care. Co-located with Northern Hospital Epping, the facilities are joined by a link bridge to allow the easy transfer of patients between sites.

“Ramsay saw the need for better access to quality private healthcare services in the fast-growing suburbs north of Melbourne,” Ramsay Health Care CEO, Carmel Monaghan, said.

“We’re really excited to be able to offer Victorians the very best healthcare, close to home, and it’s fantastic to be opening Northern Private at the same time Ramsay is celebrating its 60th anniversary.”

Northern Private Hospital features 70 patient beds, four operating theatres, a cardiac catheterisation lab, a sleep study unit, a day chemotherapy unit, on-site pharmacy, pathology and medical imaging.

The wide range of specialties available include general medicine, cancer care, cardiac care, ENT, orthopaedics, IVF and fertility, vascular care, urology, nephrology, gastroenterology, general surgery, thoracic surgery, respiratory and sleep services and plastic and reconstructive surgery.