West Gippsland Hospital’s newly constructed third operating theatre will take its first surgical patients from Monday February 10, 2020. The new modern operating theatre has been 11 months in the making and will enable WGHG to treat more patients waiting for surgery in their local area.
WGHG Chief Executive Officer, Dan Weeks, said the opening was a significant celebration for staff and the community after months of construction work and delays to the completion of the internal fit out.
“This third theatre will enable us to treat more patients and make a positive impact on reducing elective surgery wait times.
“We are particularly grateful that an additional $1.25 million funding has been allocated to WGHG to allow an extra 240 elective surgery cases to be done this year.
Mr Weeks said while it was terrific to have a facility with all the bells and whistles, equally important is the team that is built around it.
“We are very proud of our staff and the quality of care they strive to deliver every single day.”
Mr Phil Harris, who was recently awarded a WGHG Life Governship as recognition for his long standing contribution and clinical leadership will have the honour of being the first surgeon to operate in the new theatre.
The Third Operating Theatre is one of three major projects undertaken at West Gippsland Hospital funded by the Victorian Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF). A Short Stay Unit to support the Emergency Department, new road way and car park were also constructed last year in response to increasing demand for healthcare services.
“Congratulations to the project team, Theatre staff and all other staff involved in the establishment of the Third Theatre project. Once again we thank the community for their patience during the works and look forward to the benefits this facility will bring.”
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