August 5, 2021

New operating theatres now open at Northern Hospital

Last week, three new operating theatres, including one hybrid theatre, became operational at Northern Hospital Epping.

The new theatres and new recovery area, which was opened on 19 July, form part of the Stage 2 Northern Hospital Expansion Project.

The new theatres are large, state of the art and are all set up for video conferencing for teaching purposes – equipped with the latest technology, including fluid warmers.

Our brand new hybrid theatre is also state of the art, set up for continual radiology screening with C-arm and a control room.

The new recovery area is now set up to receive 19 patients, including dedicated paediatric bays that are bright and colourful.

“The opening of the new theatres will allow for reduced emergency and elective surgery wait times, as well as improve theatre flow,” explained Lana Dent, Operating Theatre Nurse Unit Manager.

“Our staff have reacted positively to the new areas and are all very excited to use them and the features!” said Casey Muscat, Operating Theatre Nurse Unit Manager.

“We would like to thank everyone involved for their tireless efforts and patience in preparing the new areas for our ‘go live’. Without all of the hard work and effort that went in behind the scenes, whilst construction was happening, the opening would not have gone go smooth. The efforts by all are greatly appreciated,” expressed Lana and Casey.

“The new theatre spaces are beautiful and complement our work flows beautifully. I’m so happy for the team – they have been very resilient and their patience is commendable. Now, they will be able to get on and do what they do best in this shiny and new environment – care for our patients,” said Tracey Wyllie, Peri Operative Services Manager – Surgical Services.

Left to right: Casey Muscat and Lana Dent, Operating Theatre Nurse Unit Managers
New hybrid theatre with C-arm
Theatre and control room