Additional Training Console - da Vinci Surgical Robot
Philanthropist and SA businessesman Mr Gordon Pickard AM has been a significant supporter of robotic surgery at St Andrew's Hospital. In 2017, we were very fortunate to receive additional philathropic support to enable the purchase of a second training console for the robot. The new acquisition enables more complex robotic surgery and ensures remarkable patient outcomes. Additionally, the equipment facilitates two surgeons to operate simultaniously and in a training enviroment. In 2017, we were the first hospital in South Australia to perform a prostate and bladder removal, and bladder reconstruction - another first for St Andrew's.
Through the generous support of a donor, we were able to purchase the latest equipment to facilitate a new specialty at St Andrew's. The O-Arm 2 allows surgeons to precisely view the patient in 'real-time' via 3 dimensional medical imagining. This is partiularly critical for cranial work and is now also being used for a number of additional specailties including orthopaedic and spinal surgery.
Blanket Warmer Chemotherapy Suite
Warm blankets are like a big huge hug if you are a patient in hospital! Our generous donor provided funds to purchase a new larger blanket warmer for our chemotherapy suite and our patients are now kept comfortably warm during their treatment.
Waiting Lounge Refurbishment - Critical Care Unit
The foundation recently completed the refurbishment of the family waiting lounge outside our Critical Care Unit. Artwork was generously donated by Dr Steven Schueler, Director of Emergency and professional photographer!
Ipads for Chemotherapy Suite
Through donations from two supporters of the foundation, each patient treatment chair now has its own Ipad. Doctors and nurses are now able to access health information at the 'bedside', including test results, medications and other information. Similarly, patients use the technology to listen to music, meditation and read information provided about their treatment and medication.
Cold Cap for Chemotherapy Suite - 2016
Chemotherapy treatment is widely associated with hair-loss and for many patients, can be one of the most challenging parts of cancer treatment. Hair-loss occurs because the chemotherapy drugs can damage hair follicles. The Cold Cap is state-of-the-art technology that provides gradual cooling and digital monitoring to ensure optimal patient comfort. The machine reduces blood flow to the head and subsequently, the uptake of the drug to the hair follicles thereby reducing hair-loss. We were delighted to be able to purchase an addition cold cap for the suite as a result of an equipment campaign.
da Vinci XI Surgical Robot - 2015
Mr Gordon Pickard AM enabled the purchase of the da Vinci XI Surgical Robot which revolutionised the way a number of surgeries are performed at St Andrew's. Most commonly used for Urology, the robot is now used for ENT, Colorectal, Gynaecology, and General Surgery. In addition to private cases at St Andrew's, we also undertake all robotic surgery for the public sector. Our surgeon's are leaders in the field of robotic surgery and we thank Mr Pickard for making this a reality for our patients.