On the same day authorities announce a new one-stop model for Wakatipu healthcare, Remarkables Park and Queenstown Medical Centre have unveiled plans for an integrated medical services facility.
Remarkables Park Ltd, developer of Frankton’s main retail and residential hub, and QMC are pressing ahead with a site fully-zoned for hospitals and healthcare services in the 150-hectare Remarkables Park zone.
Remarkable’s Park co-director Alastair Porter yesterday (Thursday) announced a multi-million-dollar, large scale, modern, integrated medical facility starting at 3200sq m but with capacity to more than double.
A resource consent was granted for a hospital and medical centre within the Remarkables Park zone two years ago.
“The now-proposed facility was a modification of the earlier facility recognising changing healthcare demands,” Porter said.
It will boast radiology services run by Pacific Radiology, owners of Otago Radiology. Queenstown Medical Centre will offer ‘across the board’ medical services including observation beds and a fully-accredited accident and emergency clinic.
The new campus will also house Queenstown’s first specialist suites for orthopaedic and surgical consultants and full integration with pharmacists and physiotherapists is planned.
A consortium of local and national surgical service providers will be involved in a purpose-designed operating theatre.
A joint statement by Porter and QMC’s Dr Hans Raetz says that initially a two-theatre day-stay hospital will cater for most surgical specialities.
More complex services will be added as demand grows.
Raetz says his Skin Institute is also moving to the new site and a new Medical Spa would continue to provide the highest standard of services in cosmetic medicine and surgery.
The Dunedin School of Medicine at the University of Otago has expressed interest in developing teaching facilities for medical students within this health campus.
The site will be accessed from a Hawthorne Drive extension and later the Eastern Access Road being developed.
This will join Remarkables Park to the northern Frankton Flats and State Highway-Ladies Mile.
Porter says his facility will involve options to provide better maternity services and work alongside aged-care providers on an adjoining site.
“There’s been much debate over the past two years about the provision of public health services in Queenstown and the surrounding district, so we have left the option open for public facilities to take advantage of the scale of what we’re proposing on a flexible site.
“We’ve kept the Southern District Health Board fully appraised of our plans and have made it clear to them that they have that option.”
Dr Raetz says the private facility will “stand on its own two feet” but it would make sense for there to be sustainable integrated private and public services within the same campus.
The new facility could open by mid-2013, Raetz says.
Porter says the government did not have unlimited funds and there was significant national benefit in leveraging private capital to fund public facilities.