It’s been a big month for Gosford Private Hospital, with the commissioning of a 12th operating theatre and the completion of the 100th procedure using the da Vinci Xi surgical robot.
Healthecare Head of Regional Operations North, Matt Kelly, said the operating theatre was final step in the hospital’s $32M redevelopment, following the installation of a new day surgery unit and step-down lounge, an 18-bed recovery bay, a 12-bed maternity ward and a 23-bed dedicated surgical ward.
“I am particularly proud that during the challenging times (in) 2021 we focused on innovation by installing the $3.5M da Vinci Xi surgical robot, growing our scope of services,” Kelly said.
Since its installation in August 2021, more than six specialists have become accredited to use the robot in the areas of urology, general surgery, colorectal, cardiothoracic, and gynaecology.
Perioperative Services Manager, Deana Harrison, said the 100-case milestone had exceeded expectations.
“We have supported patients through minimally invasive, innovative robotic-led techniques for procedures such as hysterectomies, bowel resections, rectoplexy, nephectomy and cystectomies, and the results speak for themselves,” she said.
“We have far exceeded our projections for cases with the robot and we expect this to continue as the community opts for procedures using the robot so they can experience the benefits [of] minimally invasive procedures.”
The da Vinci Xi surgical system helps surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery with an advanced set of instruments and a 3D high-definition view of the surgical field.
CEO, Michael Mitchell, said the hospital would continue to grow.
“The health sector is the largest employer on the Central Coast and our hospital employs more than 600 staff,” he said.
Mitchell said there was a range of healthcare jobs available at the hospital and urged registered or enrolled nurses to get in touch.