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​Epping’s only private hospital fast tracks stage 2

Healthe Care will lodge stage 2 DA for its $250m Epping Private Hospital development in Melbourne’s north. On stage 2 completion, the hospital will deliver 160 private acute beds, 6 operating theatres, obstetrics and cardiac services, ICU and specialist consulting suites.

In addition, construction of a purpose-built 6-bed medical day oncology and infusion centre with city views is underway to provide chemotherapy and other infusions to patients close to home.

Epping Private Hospital CEO, Dr Malak Sukkar says since first opening in September, the hospital has grown “from strength to strength”.

“We admitted our 100th patient in only two months, and this week booked our 200th patient. There is clear demand for private acute healthcare services in Melbourne’s north, which is why we’ve fast tracked plans for Stage 2.”

On completion of Stage 2, Epping Private will feature:

  • 160 private acute beds
  • 6 operating theatres including a hybrid theatre with advanced technology for minimally invasive surgery
  • Cardiac catheterisation lab, Coronary Care Unit and ICU
  • Medical surgical wards
  • Critical care and obstetric services
  • Additional consulting suites

“We already have 68 consulting specialists and anaesthetists, and continue discussions with other specialists to expand the range of services we provide”, she said.

City of Whittlesea Mayor, Councillor Lawrie Cox said with the population of the area growing rapidly quality health care for the local community was very important.

“The fast-tracking of Stage 2 is welcome news. I commend everyone involved in the hospital extension which will be welcome news to all residents of Melbourne’s northern suburbs.”

Epping Private Hospital was officially opened on October 30, 2018. It is the region’s only private hospital and a key addition to the northern corridor’s health precinct. The hospital masterplan occupies a 1 hectare site on 230 Cooper Street, co-located alongside The Northern Hospital.

It will see a 3-stage approach to development, earmarked to deliver an additional 360 beds – Stage 1 x 40 beds; Stage 2 x 120 beds and Stage 3 x 200 beds. It is projected to create 500 nursing and administrative jobs over the life of the project.