Central Lakes Trust (CLT), yesterday confirmed that their joint venture with Southern Cross Hospitals will invest in a much-awaited new surgical hospital located in Queenstown known as Southern Cross Central Lakes Hospital.
It will not just be Southern Cross members who will benefit from the new hospital. Southern District Health Board has confirmed its intention to utilise the hospital for publicly funded services. ACC-funded patients will also have access to the facilities as will patients with any health insurance or willing to self fund their procedures.
The site of the hospital has been confirmed as land adjoining Queenstown Country Club, on Frankton – Ladies Mile Highway.
The hospital site will be developed by Sanderson Group who will lease the facility to the Joint Venture. Once the doors open, Southern Cross Hospitals will manage the facility with CLT as an investment partner. The new hospital will complement the existing Queenstown Lakes Hospital.
A range of elective surgical procedures will be undertaken at the new hospital. These will include Endoscopy, General Surgery, Gynaecology, Dental, Orthopaedic, Urology, Plastic Surgery, and Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery (ENT). Currently, patients from Central Lakes Region must travel to either Dunedin or Invercargill for these procedures.
SDHB CEO Chris Fleming said, “We welcome the announcement that the Central Lakes Trust and Southern Cross Hospitals have committed to a new surgical hospital in Queenstown. As we’ve previously said, we look forward to exploring how the new hospital can support the public hospital system and we’ve now signed an MOU with the joint venture to progress these discussions.
“At this stage, no cost structures or commercial arrangements have been proposed, so it is too early to say which services will be supported through the new hospital, to what extent, or how this would be delivered. However, we are confident the parties involved share the goal of ensuring the benefits of the hospital can be enjoyed by everyone in the community, not just those who can afford it, so we will continue to work together responsibly on exploring the opportunities. Ideally we want to ensure our surgeons are able to travel to Queenstown in a planned manner to enable them to undertake publicly resourced day surgery, do outpatient assessments, and presumably they will undertake private activity during the same visit. This will give the benefit to all parties and will reduce the amount of time patients will need to travel out of town.”
Terry Moore, CEO, Southern Cross Hospitals, said of the Joint Venture with Central Lakes Trust; “We know that Central Lakes residents have been crying out for surgical facilities for decades and we believe this will really make a difference, not just for patients in terms of travelling distances but also for visiting family and friends. This simply would not have been possible without support from the Central Lakes Trust.”
Work is due to commence on the new hospital in the middle of next year with completion expected late 2021.