Victorian Minister for Health tours Casey’s new Operating Suite

The Victorian Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos has toured Casey Hospital’s new Operating Suite, which is now up-and-running.

Built as part of the Casey Hospital Expansion Project, the new Operating Suite is larger, brighter, and features larger recovery spaces for patients.

“This is two years of planning for our teams, so it has been fantastic to move into the new operating suites and Central Sterilising Services Department,” said Yolandie Whitehead-Bell, Nurse Manager for Casey Theatres.

Ms Whitehead-Bell and Lisa Senini, Nurse Manager for Casey’s CSSD, led extensive employee consultation that was fed back to the Casey Hospital Expansion Project team.

“Staff engaged in comprehensive mapping to plan the consumables and instruments placement, this then informed the transition and workflow within the new suite,” Ms Whitehead-Bell said.

The move commenced on Monday, 7 October, and involved moving a high volume of equipment into the new space. The first patients were operated on in the new Operating Suites on Wednesday, 9 October.

“The team were excellent, and once we started the move it progressed a lot faster than we’d expected,” said Ms Whitehead-Bell.

“For us this is an exciting step. We manage surgically complex patients, and we know that ultimately when Casey’s Intensive Care Unit and High Dependency Unit come online it will add to that complex case mix. For the local community it’s important that we have the facility to match our teams’ abilities.”

The new Casey Hospital Operating Theatres feature an increased number of recovery bays, state of the art equipment upgrades and an enhanced CSSD, with additional theatres and procedure rooms to be activated as Casey Hospital Expansion Project progresses.