What St Andrew’s new emergency department means for Ipswich

Patient choice has been boosted with the opening of the region’s first private emergency department at Ipswich’s St Andrew’s Hospital.

The emergency department is the latest piece in a $64 million investment in St Andrew’s Hospital by Ramsay Health Care.

The new department, which means Ipswich patients and their families no longer have to travel to Brisbane to receive private emergency care, has six beds with two treatment rooms and a large reception area.

It is supported by onsite radiology, retail pharmacy services and the latest technology in cardiac monitoring, bedside ultrasound and video laryngoscopy.

The opening follows the earlier completion of a new maternity ward, front entrance, car park and new private patient rooms as part of the hospital upgrade.

Director of Emergency Medicine, Dr Tony Lourensen, is leading the new emergency department.

Director of Emergency Medicine, Dr Tony Lourensen.

St Andrew’s during construction last year.

He is a Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (FACEM) and comes to St Andrew’s from the Ramsay Health Care Joondalup Health Campus in Western Australia which has one of the busiest emergency departments in Australia.

Dr Lourensen has more than 16 years experience in emergency medicine and tenure in the Defence Force.

He is excited to be able to provide an excellent standard of emergency medicine to patients of the Ipswich and West Moreton Region.

Presentation to St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Emergency Department incurs a doctor gap fee. This fee is not covered by private health insurance and is waived if admitted. Emergency Department accounts will consist of a Medicare rebate component and an out of pocket (non-refundable from Medicare or private health fund) component.

St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital is at 12 Roderick Street, Ipswich. Entry to the new emergency department is via the main entrance from Pring Street, Ipswich.

No appointment is necessary and no referral from your doctor is required to attend the department.

For more information phone 3816 9999 or visit

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