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Hi-tech upgrade boon for patients he Valley and South Eastern Private hospitals serve the local and wider community with the philosophy that they are two hospitals but the one campus. The Valley is undergoing a $30 million redevelopment and expanding specialities to become the acute ‘full service’ facility for a catchment of more than 1.5 million people. CEO Neil Henderson is committed to excellence in patient care and has paved the way for three “firsts” in technology advancements to be purchased by the hospital. This month, a $4 million state-of-the-art hybrid operating theatre will be a world first. This technology will give cardiologists and surgeons the flexibility and speed to go from an investigative procedure to full open-heart surgery without moving the patient. In another Australian first, surgeons at The Valley trialled a 3D camera system for laparoscopic procedures that will not only improve patient
Leading patient care: A $4 million hybrid operating theatre will be a world first. Picture: courtesy of Siemens
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outcomes but reduce fatigue in doctors during long hours of surgery. Exact depth perception when performing operations is essential for hand-eye co-ordination, and this technology allows for true 3D imaging. Mr Henderson has ordered this equipment as he believes this futurist operating theatre will become standard practice. For patients undergoing orthopaedic or spinal surgery, pre and post imaging is vital. The Valley will soon have EOS — one of only two low-dose weightbearing X-ray machines in the country. Its digital images create a 3D bone model of a patient in a standing position, resulting in extremely personalised treatment. “While all this expensive equipment is progressive, we also recognise there is no substitute for excellence in hands-on patient comfort and care,’’ Mr Henderson said. ‘‘Our staff are committed to our mission statement: ‘People first, people always’. ‘‘The emergency department is streamlining waiting times and improving patient processing so beds, specialists and diagnostics are available 24 hours, 356 days of the year.”
September 17, 2012
Greater Dandenong Weekly 17-09-12