Robot surgery bid
DANIEL BATEMAN to public and private patients in the region.
“Currently they have to fly to southeast Queensland and that’s not offered at the moment for public patients.”
Several of the private hospital’s clinicians have already started training on the system in preparation for its possible arrival in 18 months.
The hospital had 28,451 admissions last year, representing a five per cent increase from 2015.
Demand for all specialist services have increased across the hospital, with ENT, orthopedics, cardiology and rehabilitation rising by more than 10 per cent.
Mr Mitchell attributed the demand growth to the first stage of the hospital’s $22 million newly completed redevelopment.
This has included a new 58bed private wing on Abbott St, taking the hospital’s bed capacity to 150, and providing dedicated orthopedic, surgical and rehabilitation units.
The maternity ward has also been refurbished to include three dedicated birth suites and a special care nursery.
A new cardiac medical ward to due to open shortly.
“We’re now starting to see an increase which will grow exponentially with venue services that will be introduced like rehab,” Mr Mitchell said.
“We’ve got a new rehab doctor who joined us this week, and our rehab numbers have doubled within a weekand-a-half.
“We know the demand’s there, but it’s getting the right people on the bus to provide that service.”
LATEST TECHNOLOGY: A simulation of the da Vinci Surgical System which enables surgeons to perform operations through minimally invasive surgery.