Brisbane's Wesley Hospital has been rewarded for its commitment to technological innovation and patient care with two notable recognitions from an international accrediting body.
It has been named Australia's first Centre of Excellence in robotic surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), and also the first in Queensland for metabolic and bariatric surgery.
General manager Michael Krieg said the Wesley, the first Australian hospital to buy two Da Vinci robot systems, hopes to establish itself on the world stage by offering the latest medical technology.
“It means we can continue to focus on exceeding clinical expectations and benchmarks, providing highly specialised care for Wesley patients so they can live their lives to their fullest.
“Not only does the Centre of Excellence accreditation endorse the Wesley as a world-leading hospital, putting Queensland and Australia on the map, it also positions the Wesley as a thought leader within a global medical community.
“This provides the opportunity for us to work with other leading private robotic hospitals worldwide, opening opportunities for our robotic surgery team to create partnerships with leaders in medicine and technology,” Mr Krieg said.
Since 2010, Wesley Hospital has conducted more than 4,500 robotic procedures to treat patients with complex cancers and diseases in the areas of urology, gynaecology, colorectal, hernia and gastrointestinal surgery.
Associate Professor John Yaxley, a robotic surgeon and urologist at Wesley, said the hospital's patients benefit from such minimally-invasive surgery.
“Offering this state-of-the-art technology to patients with cancer and complex diseases provides a number of improved clinical outcomes and important benefits, including less post-operative pain, less blood loss and enhanced early physical quality of life, meaning the patient can return to normal activities as quickly as possible,” he said.
Established in 2003, SRC aims to advance the safety, efficacy and efficiency of surgical care worldwide. It provides accreditation, consulting, education and data for surgeons and facilities to improve safety and quality of care for patients.