The original hospital, known as Park Haven Private Hospital was a 12-bed maternity, medical and surgical hospital, built by Dr Aubrey Bennett in 1937. Dr Barrie Bennett, the owner’s son bought the hospital and demolished it in 1985 to make way for the first stage of the hospital’s redevelopment. Since then the hospital has been redeveloped in several stages and now has 80 beds including 14 day surgery beds.
In January 1999 Park Haven Private Hospital was acquired by The Wesley Group of Hospitals, under the auspices of the Uniting Church of Australia.It was renamed The Wesley Park Haven Hospital in recognition of its history combined with its future direction in excellence in care.In July 2000 the Uniting Health Care Group was formed to encompass all Uniting Church Community and Health Services in Queensland. This alliance has created the largest group of private health facities in Queensland.
The Wesley Park Haven Hospital is an 80-bed general medical, surgical and obstetric hospital which is accredited with the Australian Council and Healthcare Standards. Most surgical specialties are represented including plastic, urological,oncology, gynaecological, orthopaedic, ear nose and throat, gastroenterology,general and paediatric surgery and IVF services.
Our 34 bed Medical/Surgical Unit provides highly skilled and professional nursing care to a wide range of clinical specialties. Our nursing staff offer a diverse range of skills providing expertise in specific areas such as orthopaedics, plastics and urology. Pre admission clinics provide valuable information and support to the patient prior to surgery.
The hospital is proud of its purpose-built children’s ward, which has a six-bed shared area and two private rooms. The private rooms are equipped with ensuites complete with children’s sized toilets. The area is brightly decorated with murals. Our paediatric nursing staff, as well as offering excellent nursing care, provide support for children and their families in a caring and professional environment.
The hospital’s 19-bed maternity suite was refurbished in March 2000 to provide 100 per cent private ensuites in all private rooms. Our maternity accommodation rivals many hotels for luxury and quality, and our dedicated team of midwives offer Townsville’s premier midwifery service within Townsville’s only dedicated private maternity unit. The unit boasts a five-bed level 2 nursery for the care of sick or premature babies. Weekend antenatal classes have recently commenced to fit in with the schedules of busy people expecting an addition to their families. For more information about our maternity unit and the dates of upcoming antenatal and postnatal classes click here.(hyperlink No 1)
Our Day Oncology Unit is the only private medical oncology unit in North Queensland providing a high level of personal and professional care for cancer patients.
The hospital’s Endocopy Unit provides gastroenterological services to the surrounding community, staffed by highly skilled staff committed to ongoing professional development assisting them in their delivery of excellence in care.
The hospital provides four fully equipped operating theatres as well as a dedicated Endoscopy procedure room. State-of-the-Art medical equipment coupled with clinical expertise enables access to wider surgical options that can now be offered locally. For example The Wesley Park Haven Hospital is offering education sessions to local and rural Medical Officers on the use and advantages of a Harmonic Scalpel. This instrument allows a more efficient surgical technique and a quicker recovery period.
A Dornier Compact S lithotripter was installed in The Wesley Park Haven Hospital in June 1997. Lithotripsy is the process by which kidney stones are shattered using focussed high energy shock waves. Our lithotripter is the second of such machines to be installed in Queensland and removes the necessity for North Queensland’s kidney stone patients to travel to Brisbane for this state-of-the-art treatment. Lithotripsy avoids the need for an open operation to remove kidney stones in more than 90 per cent of cases.