New operating theatres expected to slash surgery waiting lists

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A State Government-funded expansion at a South Australian hospital is expected to slash surgery waiting lists and improve patient care.

The South Australian Government today announced plans to construct two additional operating theatres at Adelaide’s Noarlunga Hospital, as part of a $10 million investment under the Transforming Health plan.

Health Minister Jack Snelling said the two new operating areas – which will increase the hospital’s number of theatres to six – will allow more patients to receive care.

“Two new, larger theatres will enable more same day elective surgeries to be performed at Noarlunga Hospital, on top of the range of procedures already provided there,” Minister Snelling said in a statement.

Southern Adelaide Local Health Network nursing director Lydia Belet reiterated the Minister’s words.

Ms Belet said improved technology in the new theatres will enable the hospital to provide a wider range of surgical services.

“The day surgery recovery area at Noarlunga Hospital will also have additional capacity to enable more patients to be treated each day if required,” Ms Belet said.

In addition to the new operating theatres, the expansion will include upgrades to the hospital’s recovery areas.

Member for Kaurna Chris Picton said the refurbished areas will create a better patient experience.

“Because of this expansion patients will have better facilities before, during and after their operation,” Mr Picton said.

“This expansion will position Noarlunga Hospital as a centre for same day elective surgery and result in patients in the growing southern suburbs being able to undertake surgery closer to home.”

This isn’t the first time this year that Noarlunga Hospital has received government funding to improve its services.

Not long ago, the campus unveiled the first stage of its new mental health facilities.

Member for Reynell Katrine Hildyard said the State Government’s investment was crucial to improving the city’s health facilities.

“Our southern community, and indeed all South Australians, will benefit from greater elective surgery capacity and improved health outcomes,” Ms Hildyard said.

“Stage one of a $2.8 million community mental health service is now complete and mental health consumers are receiving clinical, medication and therapeutic services which will help prevent unnecessary emergency department presentations and hospital admissions.”

Work on the expansion is expected to begin by early 2016.

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