Nexus Hospitals is proud to have served the Tasmanian community for over 25 years. This year alone at our Hobart Day Surgery in Warneford Street, we have performed over 10,000 surgical procedures serving the broader Hobart community across a range of medical specialties. As testament to both the professionalism of our staff and doctors, and to the demand for high quality surgical facilities in Hobart, over the past few years we have significantly outgrown our hospital in South Hobart.
Working with our Tasmanian partners since 2017, we have progressed the development of a new, jointly owned $57million hospital incorporating a medical hub.
This modern complex will incorporate a purpose-built hospital which will allow us to expand the range of surgical services we are able to offer. By co-locating with other health related services, this medical hub also affords health practitioners with improved coordination of services, and our patients with an easily accessible one-stop health service – a dedicated health centre for the future.
This exciting project is ready to proceed, and is currently undergoing Development Approval.
Designed as a one stop medical precinct, the development is to be located at 48-52 New Town Road at the old WIN TV Studios site. It will comprise an integrated medical centre and hospital, including six operating theatres and a 24 bed overnight ward for in-patient care. Co-located with the hospital will be a suite of related health service providers including general practice, pharmacy, radiology and pathology. The centre will also include a conference area for use by doctors and staff for training, clinical meetings and research.
A focus on Patient Convenience
With two levels of onsite undercover parking via the New Town Road entrance, patients, staff and doctors will enjoy the convenience of direct access to medical appointments and surgery with limited impact on neighbouring streets.
As with Hobart Day Surgery, Tasman Private will observe normal business hours of operation, with minimal after hours’ impact to nearby residents. The hospital will have no emergency department or after hours admissions, and ambulance traffic will be minimal and no sirens are used during normal patient transfers.
Including the two levels of underground parking, the medical centre will be built over five levels comprising:
Level 2 will house medical specialist tenancies and services supporting patients undergoing medical care, all with easy access from the undercover parking located on the basement levels.
Level 1 will house the private hospital, accessible from the lower floors and underground car parking via a lift. The hospital includes six theatres, an overnight ward with 24 overnight beds and a rehabilitation area. Purpose built to service a range of medical craft groups well-suited to the short stay environment, planned services include orthopaedics, ophthalmology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, pain services, oral and dental surgery and ENT.
The building’s main entrance will be from New Town Road on the ground floor with an attractive café and open area. Conveniently located for a number of healthcare tenancies, the centre will also provide meeting, research and conference facilities.
Commercial access for deliveries, waste removal, patient transport, and storerooms for medical equipment and supplies is proposed at the rear of the Ground Floor facing Clare Street. This access replicates the commercial delivery system used by the current owners of the site.
Basement Level 1
Undercover car parking, together with plant and service infrastructure.
Basement Level 2
A second level of undercover car parking, together with the centre’s service infrastructure.
The broader Hobart community deserves easy access to world-class, integrated health services, and Nexus Hospitals specialises in providing a hospital service with high quality patient care at its core. Our Hobart Day Surgery on Warneford Street stands as testimony to our long-term commitment to the high standard of care provided to Tasmanians over the last 25-years, with the proposed hospital and medical hub in New Town set to guide that commitment into the future.
We will continue to service the medical specialties of ophthalmology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, maxillo-facial surgery, ENT and oral and dental surgery, and plan to expand into other short stay surgeries. We have worked closely with the public sector over many years to support complex ophthalmic surgery in Hobart, and we hope to continue this collaboration into the future.
Doctors and Healthcare Professionals
Nexus Hospitals has a track record, both in Tasmania and across Australia, of partnering with doctors to create a model of patient care focused on high quality outcomes. We deliver this by investing in the latest technology, world-class facilities and well-trained hospital teams.
We are continuing to engage with Hobart doctors to develop the model for Tasman Private Hospital, embedding the principles on which Nexus Hospitals is based – a best practice clinical environment with medical sovereignty at its core.
With its six operating theatres and 24-bed overnight ward, Tasman Private will provide a tailored operating environment for Hobart doctors, and offer Tasmania’s young health professionals a world class working environment in which to build their careers.
Our modern $57 million privately-funded hospital is expected to employ more than 130 staff, and provide over 180 construction jobs during the 20-month build.
Further employment opportunities will be created within the integrated medical hub supporting the hospital, which will include a general practice, a pharmacy, radiology services, a café and conference facilities.
At a time when hospital services in Hobart are in undersupply, the timing of this development is planned to manage expected future demand on the Tasmanian healthcare system.
The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of the co-operation between private and public health sectors to meet community health requirements. Nexus Hospitals has a well-established track record of collaborating with state Governments to help support the public health system and ensuring all Australians have access to quality care. We are continuing to engage with the Tasmanian Government and key stakeholders to support patients in both the public and private healthcare sectors, and expect hospital and associated services in Hobart to receive a meaningful boost in capacity through this development.
Development Approval Process
In May 2019, Nexus and its Tasmanian partners lodged a Development Application in respect of the New Town site. This application was rejected by Hobart City Council on six grounds in December 2019.
After significant community and Hobart City Council consultation, resulting in a substantial reworking of the design to address concerns, a second Development Application was lodged on 24th April.
This second Development Application is currently being considered by Hobart City Council, and have advertised the details of this Development Application. This statutory notification (advertising) period has now ended, and Nexus Hospitals would like to thank all those who submitted representations to Council indicating their support for the proposed development.