St Andrews Toowoomba Hospital boasts seven operating theatres, (including a Hybrid Vascular theatre) and a Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory, three Procedure Rooms and a fully equipped Central Sterilising Supply Department (CSSD). The range of surgery conducted in the operating theatre complex includes general surgery, orthopaedics, gynaecology, urology, vascular, gastroenterology, diagnostic cardiology, ENT, dentistry, haematology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, pain management, diagnostic and interventaiol cardiology, oral & maxillofacial and psychiatry (ECT’s).
The operating theatre suite is available to credentialed visiting surgeons Monday to Friday for elective surgery and also weekends for emergency procedures.
Endo Alpha 3D - Blue Glass Operating Theatre
Access to the most advanced theatre facilities has just become easier for regional and rural patients in the Darling Downs with St Andrew’s Toowoomba Hospital’s million dollar theatre expansion.
Made of modular blue glass, the new theatre provides St Andrew’s with state of the art facilities for the treatment of a broad cross section of surgical conditions and supports the highly trained surgeons who operate at the Hospital.
The new state of the art theatre by Olympus Australia is the first purpose built, fully integrated glass modular operating theatre in the Southern Hemisphere and places Toowoomba on the map as offering the most advanced surgical procedures.
The blue glass technology has multiple benefits in terms of improved infection control and reduced degrading of the physical environment. Importantly, research has shown the blue lighting incorporated in the design of the new theatre increases alertness of the surgical team, decreases fatigue and allows better surgical precision and work flow.
Equipped with advanced video technology, the new theatre enables surgeons to perform operations whilst transmitting live high definition video to surgeons and students throughout the world, for second opinions and training purposes. In addition the advanced laparoscopes have 3D capabilities allowing surgeons to better visualise the anatomy and area of interest during surgery.
The integrated digital system incorporates touch screen technology via a “Home Screen” much the same as an I-Phone screen. This feature enables the medical equipment to be instantly pre-set to a desired setting via the touch of the button saving time, standardising procedures settings, decreasing set up times and ultimately increasing efficiency within the facility.
Chief Executive Officer at St Andrew’s Hospital, Mr Ray Fairweather explained how the St Andrew’s theatre expansion has made a significant difference to patients with the timely access to surgery facilities.