Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Robotic First for St Andrew's

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Robotic First for St Andrew's

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Byline: Nick Houghton nick.houghton@thechronicle.com.au

ST ANDREW'S Hospital is stepping into the future, becoming the first regional hospital in Australia to feature robotic surgery.

The hospital has just taken delivery of a new $2.6million daVinci Surgical System, which StAndrew's CEO Ray Fairweather believes is "an incredible step forward" for medical treatment in the region.

"Robotic surgery is the way of the future," Mr Fairweather said.

"We have made a significant investment into robotic surgery because patients in our region deserve the best available treatment. This is an exciting move forward for medical treatment in Toowoomba and in regional Australia."

St Andrew's Peri-Operative manager Jeff van Leeuwen said the daVinci robot would mean local patients no longer had to travel to Brisbane for laparoscopic surgery.

"Statistics show 80% of laparoscopic surgeries in Brisbane are done by the robot, so having one locally means we can offer patients the same level of care here in Toowoomba," Mr vanLeeuwen said. …

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