Extended operating hours across six surgical theatres at QEII Hospital is improving surgical capacity and timeframes for patients on Brisbane’s southside.
Operating for an additional two hours each day ensures more patients from various specialties across all categories are receiving surgery within recommended time frames and long-wait patients from across the catchment are able to be seen sooner.
“The additional operating hours have allowed us to increase our patient load, especially with day surgery cases.
“This has proved to be a big support to QEII patients as well as those from across the Metro South catchment to receive their procedures within the recommended time frames,” said QEII Nursing Director Surgical Services, Amanda Garner.
While this has led to additional load for QEII, surgical patients have the added support of the Hospital in the Home model as appropriate.
“All areas of surgery are benefiting from the extended hours, and emergency theatre workload is allocated throughout within theatre lists to meet emergency capacity,” said Amanda.
The expanded surgical hours are just one part of QEII’s expansion project currently underway.