Big plans for Brisbane hospital-hotel
QUEENSLAND'S first hospital-hotel has been launched in Brisbane's inner-west, with plans to eventually attract medical tourists from Southeast Asia.
The $65 million, 10-storey Westside Private Hospital and Essence Suites at Taringa is a short-stay surgical and cancer care facility.
It's the first hotel and hospital in the state contained within the one building.
Monserrat Day Hospitals chief executive Ben Korst said the hospital-hotel was designed to appeal to metropolitan, regional and rural patients needing cancer treatment and short-stay surgical procedures ranging from colonoscopies and in vitro fertilisation through to facelifts, breast enlargements and cataract operations.
Mr Korst said the development included four operating theatres and six overnight hospital rooms as well as 63 four-star hotel suites, including kitchenettes.
He said one of the floors of hotel suites contained a nurse calling system.
The hospital-hotel is designed to take the stress out of a metropolitan hospital stay for regional and remote Queenslanders who can remain at the hotel for a day or two to recuperate after a procedure before returning home.
But Mr Korst said the business was also seeing Brisbane patients for day surgery with the hospital expecting to attract about 12,000 patients annually.
"Some of the hospital and hotel guests don't actually live that far away but want to go somewhere to have a cosmetic procedure, such as a facelift, and be out of the spotlight for a week," he said.
"They want to hide away, get hotel service and let the bruising heal before they go back home."
Mr Korst said Monserrat, which operated 15 hospitals throughout Australia, was looking at two other sites to potentially turn into hospital-hotels, including one outside of Brisbane in Queensland and another interstate.
"We want to see how this model goes for the first six or nine months before we go on to the design phase of the next one," he said.
In about 12 months, Mr Korst said Westside Private Hospital and Essence Suites hoped to start advertising for medical tourists from Southeast Asian markets.
Essence Apartments and Suites opened an apartment complex next to the St Vincent's Private Hospital and The Prince Charles Hospital at Chermside, in Brisbane's north, for medi-stays in 2011.
But Mr Korst said the Taringa development had been designed specifically to integrate hospital and hotel care in the same building.