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Giving birth to Baby George!

Although private hospitals are owned and operated by the private sector, they are licenced and regulated by the government under the Private Health Facilities Act.

The purpose of the Act is to maintain appropriate and consistent standards of healthcare and professional practice in private health facilities, and to plan for and provide comprehensive, balanced, and coordinated health services throughout NSW.

Obtaining a licence for a private hospital

Licencing is a rigorous, complex process and puts checks and boundaries in place to ensure private health facilities meet the needs of the community and the quality and safety requirements of NSW Health.

It is the focus of our CEO and our Director of Nursing to ensure everything is in place for The George Centre to be licenced and accredited and ready for our patients when we open our doors in June-2023.

Areas that are covered in licencing a private hospital include:

  • Clinical standards, including accreditation of practitioners to provide services at the facility, delineation of clinical privileges of practitioners and quality assurance
  • Staffing, including qualifications of staff members, number of staff and duties
  • Equipment
  • Design and construction of clinical areas
  • Operational matters, including administration and support services

What will The George Centre offer private patients?

The George Centre is a day and short stay private hospital with a 26-bed maternity unit.

If you are privately insured and choose to have surgery; an endoscopy procedure; or to deliver your baby at The George Centre, you will have more options than if you are a patient in the public system.

These include:

  • Choosing your own surgeon or obstetrician from The George Centre’s accredited specialists.
  • Elective surgery wait times are often considerably shorter in private hospitals, and you can usually choose when you want to have elective surgery (of course, this is in conjunction with your specialist’s recommendations). This is convenient if you need surgery and are planning around work commitments or holidays.
  • You will have your own private room.
  • The George Centre has been constructed using “evidence-based design” that includes abundant natural light, open spaces, and landscaped gardens to help you enjoy a more pleasant stay and an improved recovery.
  • Modern, state-of-the-art maternity delivery suites including birthing baths.
  • 2 dedicated endoscopy suites.
  • 5 operating theatres.

What is a self-funded patient?

If you don’t have private hospital insurance cover, you are still able to choose to have your treatment at The George Centre. This is called self-funding. Medicare doesn’t cover private hospital costs, so private hospital treatment without insurance means you pay for everything our of your own pocket including:

  • Theatre fees
  • Accommodation
  • Specialist doctor fees
  • Anaesthetic fees
  • Surgical assistant fees (if applicable)

 

If you are considering self-funding, please speak to your specialist and ask for an estimate of fees based on the treatment you require.

 

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