Wide range of procedures available at Gympie Private
GYMPIE Private Hospital started life as the Glandore Hospital in 1925.
Originally a hospital for women recovering after childbirth, Glandore was in a homestead in Nash St, which was built in 1871 as a residence for the Culliane family.
The hospital began taking general patients in 1929.
It was bought by Dr William Lindsay in 1946 who then erected a two-storey extension to accommodate an additional six beds, taking the total to 40, the same number as Gympie Private Hospital today.
Because of the age of the building, the hospital needed updating and before 1983, the move onto the current site in Channon Street began and after two years and at a cost of $1.75million the new hospital took shape.
The hospital continued to expand its services and in 1990 Gympie's first cataract operation was performed.
This was to start a long tradition of surgeries at the hospital.
The hospital's administration manager Alison Paulger, said because Pulse Health has continued to improve the services and facilities with new equipment for the theatre complex, and an external renovation to the hospital's facade and parking areas, it has improved access for patients and their families.
Gympie Private Hospital, which performs more than 2500 operations a year, offers a range of surgical services including general surgery, endoscopy, ear nose and throat surgery, urology, cosmetic surgery, dental and ophthalmology, as well as inpatient medical services and palliative care.
"The hospital accommodates 16 visiting surgeons in the specialties of ophthalmology, orthopaedics, urology, gynaecology, general surgery, cosmetic and plastic surgery and dentistry,” she said.
In addition to surgeons, the hospital has 34 visiting specialists and is the only private hospital located in the Gympie region, admitting approximately 2750 patients each year.
"A total of 29 general practitioners have admitting privileges and rely on our service to admit and manage their in-patients,” Ms Paulger said.
Ms Paulger said the closest alternate surgical services are on the Sunshine Coast and are often heavily booked and public waiting lists are still extensive.
"Gympie Private Hospital has the expertise to deliver the highest quality care here in Gympie,” she said.
The hospital announced in November last year the purchase of an Arthrex Synergy HD3 Imaging System.
The new equipment provides surgeons with enhanced observation while a patient is undergoing keyhole surgery.
The operating equipment also allows the surgeon to easily capture images during surgical procedures, all of which assist doctors ensure the provision of quality care for their patients.
Gympie Private Hospital general manager Helen Chalmers is thrilled with the purchase.
"These are exciting times at the hospital,” Ms Chalmers said.
"This latest theatre equipment allows the hospital to provide a greater range of services to more people requiring surgery, and importantly, for them to be treated locally - something we find that is a great comfort to them and their families,” she said.
"It also means a boost for the local economy as these patients and their families do not need to leave the area for their medical needs.”