State-Of-The-Art Operating Theatres Soon To Be Ready

Two state-of-the-art operating theatres at the Ba Hospital will soon be ready to take on patients.
03 Sep 2022 16:00
State-Of-The-Art Operating Theatres Soon To Be Ready
From left: Aspen Medical Fiji Chief Executive Officer, Annette Owttrim, Assistant Director Nursing, Vilisi Lewaravu, Chief Operations Officer, Barry Herberts, Chief Nurse of Australia, Alison McMillan and the CEO for the Australian College of Nursing, Kylie Ward at the operating theatre at the Ba Hospital on August 31, 2022. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Two state-of-the-art operating theatres at the Ba Hospital will soon be ready to take on pa­tients.

Aspen Medical Fiji chief executive officer, Annette Owttrim said the latest operating theatre had been fully commissioned and the team had redone the central sterilising and supply that would be complet­ed by the end of next week.

Ms Owttrim said the group would also be putting scavenger systems throughout all the operating the­atres.

She said this is standard in Australia for anesthetics and so when someone’s having an op­eration and had the anes­thetic, “we have what’s called a scavenger sys­tem”.

“So those that are around the patient breathing the gases that are putting them to sleep, there are various parts of the machinery to stop that hap­pening, which is what we’ve put in.

“Some of the machines don’t have that in Fiji.”



Ms Owttrim said the most common feed­back from staff was that the new journey was an exciting one.

She said an area of focus for the Aspen Medical team was to encourage staff to take on more leader­ship roles especially for local staff who haven’t had any opportunity.

“We’d like to give them support as we’re going through that process, but they can see and they can see what new equipment that’s coming, new facili­ties, starting to get organised for all of their new uni­forms, there is excitement in the place.

“Each and every individual health professional must do the best job that they possibly can and that’s starting to infiltrate and I think our patients will start to see that more as we go into the future.”


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