New Penrith Hospital opens to patients
New Somerset Private Hospital with a capacity of 600 patients per month opened its doors in Penrith.
The facility, located in the Nepean Health Unit and owned by the Cura Day Hospitals Group, is providing four additional operating theaters and 12 overnight beds, while creating 100 new jobs for the area, including doctors, nurses and hospital staff. support staff. Specialties include ophthalmology; plastic and reconstructive surgery; orthopedics; gastroenterology; gynecology; ear, nose and throat; as well as oral and maxillofacial.
The hospital serves a population that is expected to grow from 323,797 to over 364,000 by 2026/27. Cura Day Hospitals Group CEO Andrew Currie said the new hospital will ensure sustainable growth for the community by reducing the strain on public resources.
Gastroenterologist Dr Viraj Kariyawasam will be among the first doctors to walk through the wards. He said the new hospital would fill an important gap for local patients who had traveled up to 40 km for day surgery.
“I have heard of patients who drive to Pennant Hills to get the services they need. Somerset Private will ensure that locals can get the care they need – close to home, friends and family – without the stress of travel.
“I am delighted to be here for a fresh start, with many fantastic new tools and equipment to help treat the growing population of Penrith. Helping patients early in their care journey is something that I find truly rewarding.
Somerset Hospital will help meet the needs of patients with state-of-the-art specialized equipment, including a state-of-the-art endoscopy system, to help clinicians detect, diagnose and treat disease in its early stages.
Surgeons will be equipped with the latest camera technology, providing magnified, ultra-high definition visualization to work with precision.
Direct access referrals will be available to ensure that patients eligible for endoscopy can access treatment quickly without requiring a prior appointment.