A new $11-million hybrid operating theatre is under construction at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside to meet Chermside’s demands for interventional procedures around cardiovascular disease.
The new 74-sqm hybrid suite, which will be significantly bigger than most operating theatres, will be used primarily for accommodating complex surgical work including advanced cardiac and endovascular clinical procedures.
Touted to be Queensland’s most state-of-the-art hybrid operating theatre, the suite will be equipped with the most advanced medical imaging technology, including devices which are usually found in a radiology suite or catheter laboratory.
The facility will incorporate a robotic C-arm imaging device that will allow pre-procedural planning, intraoperative guidance along with immediate assessment regardless of a patient’s condition or procedural complexity. For example, surgeons can observe the progress and accuracy of their work on monitors real-time by moving over the device on any part of a patients body.
“Our new state-of-the-art hybrid operating theatre will support Queensland’s cardiac care service, as specialists from our facility work collegially with regional private partners to ensure patients receive the best possible treatment and care,” hospital CEO Daniele Doyle said in a media release.
Mr Doyle added that they wanted to enable better patient outcomes through the new hybrid theatre. It will support the growing need for advanced minimally invasive procedures, which are less traumatic for patients and significantly reduce patient’s length of stay.
Building works already commenced in August 2019 and are expected to be completed in June 2020. The new hybrid operating theatre is also due to open next year.