New Short Stay Surgery Unit Opens

The Royal Hobart Hospital’s (RHH) new short stay surgery unit will start receiving patients today, Tuesday, 25 October 2016.

The unit is as part of the Tasmanian Government’s $689 million RHH Redevelopment project.

The short stay surgery unit provides more post-operative care options for patients and keeps inpatient beds for more acutely unwell patients and patients with more complex health needs.

For patients whose conditions are less acute and less complex, a short stay is appropriate because they only require a short recovery time.

The short stay surgery unit will be able to accommodate patients comfortably for up to 36 hours depending on their needs.

The modern unit provides eight recovery recliners and four trolley bays.

It will also be part of the new interconnected surgery precinct on the RHH’s fourth floor, that will be established when K-Block is constructed.

The construction of K-Block will provide an additional seven operating and procedure rooms.

The unit co-locates the high volume short stay unit from 5A and the day of surgery admissions/waiting bay on 4A.

This move will allow orthopaedic and surgical specialties to move to 5A and vacate 2B.

25 Oct 2016