New State-of-the-Art Rehabilitation Hospital for Illawarra
Oct 22, 2009
A multimillion dollar redevelopment and expansion of Lawrence Hargrave Private Hospital in Thirroul, is now completed, enabling the hospital to provide state-of-the-art rehabilitation facilities to patients in the Illawarra district.
Lawrence Hargrave Private Hospital Chief Executive Officer Robyn Ashe said the construction, costing $9 million, had significantly expanded and improved the hospital’s inpatient facilities with new accommodation as well as improved outpatient and consulting facilities.
“This new development will assist Lawrence Hargrave Private Hospital to meet the ever-increasing demand for rehabilitation services in the Illawarra area” Ms Ashe said.
The cornerstone of the redevelopment has been the expansion of the hospital’s inpatient facilities seeing the hospital grow to 54 beds – the majority of these being private rooms with ensuites.
Lawrence Hargrave Private Hospital is specialist rehabilitation, medical and palliative care facility providing inpatient, day only and outpatient services. The hospital is equipped with an eighteen metre hydrotherapy pool, a large physiotherapy and exercise gym, occupational therapy department and a day patient area. The Palliative Care Services are supported by the medical practitioners from the Illawarra Area Health Service.
The hospital is located 10 kms north of Wollongong in the Thirroul hills boasting sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.
“This has been the most significant development at the hospital since it became a dedicated rehabilitation hospital in 1981. Our staff and doctors are very excited that we can now offer patients these excellent new facilities in which they can undergo their necessary rehabilitation treatment” Ms Ashe said.
“Many of our patients have had surgery locally and are then referred to us for their rehabilitation. However, some are locals who have had surgery out of the area and then return to Wollongong where they can undergo their rehabilitation either as a day patient or an inpatient, allowing them to be close to home and family. The hospital offers a full range of services for patients recovering from a stroke, an accident, pain management or any condition where there is a need to improve tolerance, strength, pain relief and or functional disability.”
The hospital also offers hydrotherapy and physiotherapy services to the general public.
Lawrence Hargrave Private Hospital is owned and operated by Ramsay Health Care, Australia’s largest and most respected operator of private hospitals. Ramsay Health Care also owns and operates Mt Wilga Private Hospital in Horsnby – another exclusive rehabilitation hospital.
The redevelopment was undertaken by Fugan Constructions and has taken approximately 18 months to complete, during which time there has been minimal disruption to normal services.
A formal opening of the facility with the Ramsay Health Care Board is scheduled for later in the year.