Acurity Announces Partnership with Vital

Published: 01 Dec 2017



1 december 2017



Acurity Health Group has announced a partnership with Vital Healthcare Property Trust to be its long-term capital partner for the development of its Wellington and Hastings hospitals following approval from the Overseas Investment Office.

The partnership confirms funding for the full re-development of Wakefield Hospital, the further development of cancer services at Bowen Hospital, both in Wellington, and the expansion of Hastings’ Royston Hospital.

Vital is an experienced owner of healthcare properties across New Zealand and Australia including Boulcott Hospital (LowerHutt), Ascot Hospital (Auckland), Kensington Hospital (Whangarei), Ormiston Hospital (Auckland), and Napier Health Centre in New Zealand and a number of acute hospitals, mental health, rehabilitation and aged care facilities in Australia.

The proposed new Wakefield Hospital will be a purpose-built state- of-the-art facility with up to 64 single beds, eight operating theatres including cardiac and endoscopy, consulting suites and a full suite of specialist services with scope to allow for expansion in the future. 

The staging of the project will ensure the hospital remains fully operational during the development of the new Wakefield Hospital.The new hospital is expected to be fully operational in 2021.

At Bowen Hospital, two radiation oncology bunkers with capacity for two linear accelerators will be constructed to enable the delivery of Wellington’ s first private radiation oncology service for patients.

It will also mark the completion of phase two of the Bowen Icon Cancer Centre. Patients will benefit from the most sophisticated private radiation oncology service in New Zealand.

Expansion plans for Royston Hospital include two new operating theatres a post anaesthesia care unit, modern admissions area and improved medical imaging facilities.  The project, which is expected to take 12 months to complete, will offer patients faster access to important procedures and provide the potential to increase the range of specialties offered.

Dr Richard Grenfell, director of Acurity Health Group, said the partnership supports Acurity’s long term strategy of continuingto seek service improvements, quality enhancements, growth and efficiencies across the hospitals.

“This partnership will reinforce Acurity’s position as a leading provider of surgical healthcare services and offer patients from central New Zealand access to some of the most advanced medical services and treatment in the country.”