HOSPITALS 8 The Ramsay Way 2016 | 01 Greenslopes features in ABC Documentary Greenslopes Private Hospital was one of 100 sites across Australia to take part in the filming of a new ABC documentary Keeping Australia Alive. The seven part documentary series premiering on the ABC at 8.30pm on Tuesday 15 March takes a snapshot of our health system across a single day. This landmark series will confront and surprise the audience with the real stories of what makes up Australia’s massive system of care and service, which we often take for granted. Episode 3 due to air on Tuesday 29 March includes the journey of Greenslopes Surgeon, Dr Justin Greenslade and his patient Larry who is undergoing bariatric surgery at Greenslopes Private Hospital. Obesity is a national problem and the majority of this type of surgery is done in private hospitals. Kingsway Day Celebrates First Birthday February marked the first anniversary for Kingsway Day Surgery which has been making its mark in the Sutherland Shire following 12 months of exceptional day surgery service to the community. Hospital CEO, Steven Rajcany said the first anniversary was a significant occasion for the staff, doctors and community. “Our extraordinary team of staff and doctors have put in an incredible effort over the last twelve months,” Steve said. “Kingsway Day Surgery is now treating a wide range of patients in world class facilities.” Kingsway Day Surgery occupies one floor of the large medical precinct operating as a dedicated day surgery centre providing a range of specialist services including eye surgery; gastroenterology; dental surgery; urology; dermatology; MOH’s procedures and plastic & reconstructive surgery. The Centre boasts two operating theatres with state-of the- art medical equipment and two specialised treatment rooms. The two additional treatment rooms have been designed specifically for minor procedures with large comfortable recovery area. Ideally located close to Kareena Private Hospital, also operated by Ramsay, the Kingsway Day Surgery provides an enhanced medical service for the Sutherland Shire community expanding on an already comprehensive range of medical, surgical, maternity and rehabilitation services currently provided at Kareena Private. This new electrode device cuts through fibrous scar tissue very easily and can be used to cut straight down to the heat sensitive leads. John Flynn Cardiologists use latest breakthrough device Cardiologists at John Flynn Private Hospital are using a new advanced electrosurgical instrument described as the latest breakthrough device for cardiac defibrillator and pacemaker surgery. The new device which uses short, high frequency pulses of radiofrequency energy and operates at a lower temperature meaning the risk of damaging heat-sensitive pacemaker and defibrillator leads is greatly minimised. For the patient, it means better wound healing, less scarring and reduced risk of infection. The new device also has the ability to reduce bleeding and inflammation to the delicate tissue surrounding surgical incisions, unlike traditional diathermy which shows significant blistering and burning of the skin. To have an electrosurgical device that is precise and gentle enough to use on the skin is a breakthrough, and with reduced operating temperatures, less smoke or fumes in an operating theatre creates a more comfortable environment for all theatre staff. Giving cardiologists the ability to cut through fibrous scar tissue effortlessly and down to the lead is immense as once implanted, pacemakers and defibrillators become completely encased in scar tissue which can be technically challenging as a generator change requires any scar tissue to be removed, and damaging a lead means replacing it entirely. This can result in increased surgery time and can pose greater risks to the patient, but with this technology the implant procedure or generator change is a much more reliable and faster process. Overall, benefits such as these provide greater reassurance to patients going into surgery and help alleviate stress, particularly when surgery is required every 5–8 years to change a generator on a cardiac defibrillator and every 7–10 years to change a generator in a pacemaker.
The Ramsay Way - Autumn 2016
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