As we progress through 2022, it is timely to reflect on the year that was 2021, in particular the hospital redevelopment progress. Our most significant step made in 2021 was the launch of our new Perioperative Suite in September. The suite combines Surgical Admissions, Recovery, Operating Theatre Suite, Day Surgery Facility and Sterile Processing Services.

The launch of this space involved moving our Day Surgery service and Sterile Processing Services from its temporary home at Eye and Ear on the Park back to our main hospital campus. We asked some of our Perioperative Team to reflect on their experience in the new space so far and what it means for patients.

“It’s great having everyone together on one site, giving us the ability to share staffing resources, and more easily support and receive support from the other clinical areas co-located on the same floor and within the same building,” said Nurse Unit Manager, Chris.

Both staff and patients are already benefitting from the streamlined service the new Perioperative Suite provides.

“Successful surgery and health care in general depend on effective teamwork. It is of particular importance that teamwork is well functioning in order to achieve quality treatment and patient safety. Having a new workspace where three areas have been combined under the one area, allows for better cvommunication, streamlined processes, easier navigation for patients and ultimately a better work environment for all,” explained Perioperative Services Manager, Sharryn.

As part of the redevelopment, consumers were consulted and patient feedback was considered at various points of construction. Now in full operation, the space continues to be evaluated for improvement opportunities, with the patient at the centre of all decision making.

“The space allows for a much better patient experience. Patients now have their surgery in a bright new facility, in an open friendly place with all the services from registration
to discharge provided on one floor,” said Sharryn.

Periop nurses in scrubs and face masks smiling and making heart symbols with their hands