The state government are now a step closer to delivering the next generation of health services for northern Tasmania, with the finalisation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Tasmanian Government and Calvary to deliver a private hospital co-located with the Launceston General Hospital (LGH).
“The documents signed today include a Project Development Agreement (PDA) and a contract for the sale of land at 52 Frankland Street to Calvary with a covenant that requires the land is used to deliver health services, and that an enclosed walkway bridge is built to connect the two hospitals” said Jeremy Rockliff, Tasmanian Premier and Minister for Health.
“Co-locating the Calvary Private Hospital adjacent to the LGH will deliver a range of benefits to the Northern community including by helping to attract and retain health professionals, including specialists to the region, to support improved delivery of health services.”
“The new private hospital will deliver additional and complementary services to support and reduce pressure on the LGH, with 128 inpatient beds and 40 day patient beds, 10 operating theatres as well as specialised facilities for oncology, and two cardiac catheterisation labs.”
Services will include general medical and surgical services, as well as gastrointestinal, cardiology, oncology, mental health, gynaecology, radiology and pathology, palliative care, and an extended hours GP clinic.
“The signing of the Agreement and the land sale contract finalises negotiations that initially began in 2017, and more recently involved several months of consultation and negotiations between the Department of Health and Calvary. Importantly this included detailed discussions with key health sector stakeholders about services and capacity to ensure the best balance of service delivery between the LGH and the new private hospital.”
The co-located private hospital is expected to deliver a $130 million investment into Launceston and support more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction.
The Department of Health and Calvary will now move to finalise a detailed Services Agreement, based on the agreed principles which are set out in the Project Development Agreement. The Services Agreement will provide for private patient admissions on a 24/7 basis, giving greater flexibility in patient transfers and bed utilisation which will improve access and patient flow at the LGH.
Calvary will also work to secure the necessary development approvals and other conditions that are required prior to the land transfer.
Assuming all conditions are achieved within anticipated timeframes, construction is expected to begin in early 2024, with a project completion date in early 2026.