The $450,000 theatre upgrades at the Jamestown Hospital have been completed and as of July 31, the theatre was officially commissioned for use.
The process of upgrading the theatre started in 2011, when it was recognised that additional work needed to be completed in the scrub room, from there work started towards upgrading the entire theatre suite.
In 2014, Country Health SA provided $50,000 in funding for small improvements to the theatre and with further lobbying, funding was provided by Country Health SA to enable a full upgrade.
The upgraded theatre will ensure a future for surgeries in the Mid North for years to come.
The Executive Officer, Director of Nursing and Midwifery at the Jamestown and Peterborough Hospitals Moira Noonan, says the new upgrades look amazing and the experiences for both patients and staff will be nothing but positive.
“It looks clean, fresh and is just a great place to work. I think staff will find it to be a very positive experience”, Moira said.
“The benefits to upgrading is that it enables us to retain the doctors that we have here to stay. It potentially enables us to attract other visiting surgeons in other specialties and trainee doctors to come for a placement.”
The upgrades which took two months include a new patient admission room, sterile store room, scope processing room, refurbished scrub room, new sliding theatre door, new LED theatre light, upgraded air conditioning, stainless steel storage and a redesigned cleaning room.
Funding came from Country Health SA and MNHAC, but a project-saving donation of $100,000 was given by the Friends of the Jamestown Ambulance, which enabled to the upgrades to go ahead.
Presiding member of the MNHAC Steve Richmond says that surgeries in the Mid North are now ensured for years to come.
“It has improved both patient experience and the work environment for all staff”, he said. The hospital will now maintain a level three certification, enabling the hospital to retain birthing and surgical services.