Theatre’s new life

The Jamestown Hospital’s theatre will receive a $400,000 upgrade over May and June, a delightful announcement for the hospital and the Mid North Health Advisory Council (MNHAC). 

The upgrades will see the refurbishment of wall surfaces and floor coverings, stainless steel benches and storage racks, a new waiting room and pre-operative area and an updated scrub area for medical staff. 

The presiding member for the Mid North Health Advisory Council, Steve Richmond was delighted at the news, and says that Jamestown is lucky enough to still employ professionals to use the facility, which provides a future to rural healthcare. 

“Jamestown is fortunate enough to have resident GPs who have anesthetist, general surgeon and obstetrics skills and have these skill sets in town means we attract a large number of student doctors who are encouraged to take up medical careers in country SA.”

“By upgrading the hospital theatre, we hope to keep these talent GPs in town and continue to attract medical students, who we ultimately hope will turn to country doctors, benefiting all country South Australians.”

The MNHAC have a maximum contribution of $150,000 towards the project and have received $250,000 from Country Health SA. 

This project is being made possible by an additional $100,000 donation made by the Friends of Jamestown Ambulance, via the Mid North Health Care Trust, with the remainder of funds from a bequest from an estate which will see the project completed. 

“The Mid North Health Advisory Council is extremely grateful to the Friends of the Jamestown Ambulance for their generous donations”, Mr Richmond said. 

The theatre will be closed from May 18 until June 30, and will have minimal impact on the staff. 

“Patients who were scheduled to undergo surgery during the closure periods will be contacted by their visiting surgeons and have their appointments rescheduled”, Chief Executive Officer of Country Health SA Maree Geraghty said.

The hospital have no expected births during the two months, yet if a pregnant woman presents to the hospital duing the closure period, she will be assessed by a GP obstetrician or an on-call midwife who will remain available for  presentations, then transferred to either Clare, Crystal Brook or Pirie.

“Jamestown hospital will continue to roster a midwife on-call during the theatre closure period for any unplanned presentations”, Ms Geraghty said.