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With that in mind, the hospital has focused on increasing its bed numbers as well as its available operating theatres, to ensure the flow of patients through the facility remains smooth.

The main piece of construction will be a three-storey infill building, which will fill the physical gap between two of the hospital’s wings as well as fill the service gap with its extra facilities.

“We can connect the two buildings together which allows us to expand our operating theatres on one level, on another level our intensive care beds, and on the level below have a fully functioning day surgery unit,” Ms Went said.

“It allows us to ensure that doctors and patients who are wanting surgery time are able to get that when they want it.”

The expansion will also see the construction of a second building fitted out with 64 private en suite rooms over two levels on the hospital’s southern side.

And the hospital’s emergency department will have a full refurbishment that will add seven new bays as well as extra room for medical imaging services.

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“The emergency department expansion will allow patients to have access to us all the time. Sometimes when we’re at capacity we tell the ambulance that we don’t have room and so they have to go elsewhere,” Ms Went said.

“We don’t want that to happen, we want to make sure that people who want to come to Greenslopes can come to Greenslopes.”

The infill building will include three rooms for day surgery and two intensive care beds along with space for five more in the future.

The total number of operating theatres will increase to 22, with three new theatres to be brought online and space set aside for a fourth.

Greenslopes hospital was established during World War II as an army hospital, but has since become one of the state’s largest private hospitals, owned and operated by the Ramsay Health Care group.

Construction work is set to start in the next few weeks and is expected to be done by December 2021.

Stuart Layt covers health, science and technology for the Brisbane Times. He was formerly the Queensland political reporter for AAP.

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