Narrandera surgery options grow

Sharyn Bright Enrolled Nurse (EN), Katie Bensch Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE) Theatre, Michelle Anderson Registered Nurse (RN), Lauren Hutchins RN, Leanne Farrell EN, and Nic Praestiin, RN CNE General Ward, in the operating theatre at the Narrandera Hospital.

Narrandera Hospital is celebrating Perioperative Nurses Week (October 8-14) as the amount of surgery performed at the hospital continues to grow.

Cluster Manager Craig McColm said the hospital had seen an increase in surgical activity since late last year with the introduction of orthopaedic surgery for  minor procedures, such as carpal tunnel release.

Narrandera Hospital has visiting surgeons who provide a range of procedures including hernia repairs, removal of lesions, colonoscopies, gastroscopies and minor orthopaedic procedures.

The hospital now offers surgery four days a month, instead of three days a month, since an orthopaedic surgeon began visiting Narrandera in November last year.

“Orthopaedic surgery has not been offered at Narrandera before,” Mr McColm said.

“We are delighted to be providing the community with a growing range of procedures locally.”

The hospital is also upskilling its nurses to work in the operating theatre, with two Registered Nurses and one Enrolled Nurse recently trained to join the perioperative team.

Perioperative Nurses care for patients before, during and after surgery. They also work closely with surgeons, anaesthetists and other operating theatre staff. The hospital celebrated Perioperative Nurses Week by recognising their operating theatre nurses during the week.

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