Ro­bot surgery bid

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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.

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