uMhlanga hospital on schedule

2013-12-20 00:00

GATEWAY Private Hospital, a new 160-bed specialised surgical hospital being built in uMhlanga, is on schedule to admit its first patients by the middle of next year, the head of Ross Healthcare Glen Passmore said yesterday.

Ross Healthcare is a subsidiary of property and construction group JT Ross. The group will hold a majority shareholding in Gateway Private Hospital, the second hospital the group has developed after Hillcrest Private Hospital opened in July 2011.

Passmore said a key challenge was to make the hospital competitive against well-established facilities in Durban, taking into account the cost of the new facility, the need to contain costs for patients and also to be able to attract the best doctors and staff.

“The new hospital will take a number of years to bed down … this is a long-term investment,” said Passmore.

He said the group had experience of building hospitals — it has built four — and management expertise was obtained from their experience gained at Hillcrest Private Hospital and employing management from other institutions.

The hospital will be a first of its kind in KwaZulu-Natal and will incorporate an integrated cardiac unit, a neurosurgical unit, a spinal and orthopaedic unit, as well as vascular and pulmonology units.

The hospital has appointed Lake Smit and Partners as radiology service provider, while pathology services have been secured from Ampath and Lancet Laboratories.

The hospital aims to accommodate leading specialists in their fields with the theatres housing the latest in equipment technology.

Passmore said there had been a great deal of interest from “top, specialised medical people”, to work at the new hospital, and this aspect was likely to be finalised early next year.

Hillcrest Private Hospital has quickly established itself as a quality and award-winning facility.

The 200-bed general hospital is now expanding its healthcare offering with additional doctors’ suites, an oncology centre and rehabilitation facility.

“Since inception, we have done whatever we can to surround ourselves with people performing at the leading edge of their fields to ensure the best possible outcomes,” said Hillcrest Private Hospital manager Annette Olls in a statement.

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