NEPEAN Private Hospital has increased its intensive care capabilities with 12 extra beds approved for use in the intensive care unit.
"Our increased capability means many more patients can be cared for here and not transferred to the public wards at Nepean Hospital," the head of intensive care at Nepean Private Hospital, Ian Seppelt, said.
"There are still some things this hospital won't be able to take on, but it can now do more."
Nepean Private's general manager John Tucker said the aim was to have his hospital's surgeons take on more complex surgery into the future.
"We have all the equipment here and there's an intensive care specialist available at all times," Mr Tucker said.
"That's why NSW Health has approved these 12 beds for intensive care conversion."
Dr Seppelt, who also works in intensive care in Nepean Hospital, said the co-operation between the two hospitals would continue.
"But not all patients here have to be transferred for more advanced surgery," he said.
— Roderick Shaw