Hybrid theatre the first of its kind

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St Andrew’s Hospital Toowoomba has opened its seventh and most versatile operating theatre yet.

The hospital recently added a specially designed hybrid vascular theatre to its list of facilities.

It is first of its kind in the Toowoomba and Darling Downs regions, and means patients no longer have to travel to Brisbane to access similar medical facilities.

Dr Rebecca Jack was the first surgeon to use the new theatre. She performed a leg angioplasty procedure on a 55-year-old man who was having trouble walking short distances due to increasing leg pain.

“The new hybrid theatre will change the way vascular surgery can be undertaken in the Toowoomba region…,” Dr Jack said.

“We will be able to undertake more complex procedures with greater accuracy and improved patient care and comfort.”

The theatre boasts improved imaging capabilities that reduce the amount of time patients spend in hospital.

In cases where patients require a traditional open procedure and a minimally invasive endovascular procedure, the new equipment allows for both to be undertaken under a single anaesthetic.

St Andrew’s Hospital Toowoomba chief executive Ray Fairweather said the theatre’s versatility will allow the hospital to cope with growing patient demand.

“The seventh operating theatre at St Andrew’s Hospital will primarily be used as a vascular operating theatre, however it has been purpose-built to include cardiac capabilities to serve as an overflow from the Catheter Laboratory and can also be utilised as a general theatre,” he said.

“Theatre seven is the hospital’s second new theatre in less than six months. St Andrew’s is moving from strength to strength this year, expanding the surgical capabilities to support the growing region.”

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