Epworth Geelong Takes First Patients on Opening Day
There was no honeymoon period for $277 million Epworth Geelong, which welcomed our first emergency patient before 8am on 4 July.
Herne Hill resident Mark Somerville was one of the city’s first public patients to use the renal dialysis machines, courtesy of a partnership between Epworth Geelong and Barwon Health.
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After spending three days a week over the past two years at Barwon Health’s Newcomb centre, the 50-year-old said he was impressed with what he had seen so far.
“How often do you get to use a brand new hospital? It’s very space age in here, very modern for a start,” Mr Somerville said.
“All the machines are new and I’m far more comfortable in here. The parking is fantastic as well, where you’re right at the door.
“I’d never been in here until today and I found my way to the dialysis centre straight away.”
Epworth Geelong’s surgery list is also taking off, with three operations on opening day. That number is set to increase more than tenfold by tomorrow, with 40 patients on the surgery list.
Epworth Healthcare media manager Colleen Coghlan said it was exciting for staff to see the fruits of their labour over the past five months of preparation to have the hospital ready.
“Everyone’s excited that the hospital is open because they can see how all their hard work has paid off,” Ms Coghlan said.
“Our first emergency patient came in just before 8am because she’d heard on the radio that we were open.”
Hospital services, facilities and classy fit-out
The luxurious hospital interiors have been noted for their mood lighting, Italian marble nurses’ stations and classy fit-out, along with views from almost every hospital room.
Epworth Geelong adds 170 beds to the region — with more to come in additional stages — and makes neurosurgery available in Geelong for the first time.
A 10-year contract with the State Government also allows us to deliver public day surgeries, oncology and renal dialysis services for Barwon Health.
At least 7000 public patient treatments are to be delivered for elective surgery, dialysis and day oncology a year.
Epworth Emergency Department is open from 8am to midnight.
Reproduced with kind permission from Geelong Advertiser
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