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Current releases

 

April 2014

 

St Andrew's Hybrid Theatre now in operation

St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital's new Hybrid Theatre, the first in a private hospital in Queensland, is now fully operational.

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St Andrew’s state-of-the-art Hybrid Theatre now operating

Dr Andrew Cartmill in the new hybrid theatre 

Dr Andrew Cartmill in the new Hybrid Theatre

 

 

February 2014

 

St Andrew's rated one of the best by patients

St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital has been rated as being in the top 12 per cent of private hospitals in the 151 to 300 beds category in a patient survey.
In the survey conducted by Press Ganey, St Andrew's was also rated in the top 17 per cent of all hospitals surveyed in Australia.

 

icon St Andrew's rated one of the best by patients (240.83 kB)

Andrew Barron

Andrew Barron, St Andrew's General Manager: "This is another notable success for our hospital, achieved thanks to the efforts, dedication and commitment of our staff to our patients."

 

January 2014

St Andrew’s first in the Southern Hemisphere to use new “GPS” technology for safer heart procedures

St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital became the first hospital not only in Australia, but in the Asia-Pacific region and Southern Hemisphere, to acquire ground-breaking technology which provides a safer way for patients to undergo heart procedures by dramatically reducing radiation.

icon St Andrew’s first in the Southern Hemisphere to use new “GPS” technology for safer heart procedures (324.79 kB)

Dr Sommer and Dr Hayes

Dr John Hayes, right, is pictured with Dr Philip Sommer and the new technology which will provide a safer way for patients to undergo heart procedures

 

January 2014

Developing Queensland's first private Hybrid Theatre

Work has now started on St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital’s multi-million dollar theatre redevelopment project which includes the upgrade of several theatres and creation of a new Hybrid Theatre which allows surgeons to perform highly complex surgery in minimally invasive ways.

icon Theatres Redevelopment Project (155.74 kB)

Hybrid Theatre

 

 

November 2013

Queensland first: St Andrew's offers innovative asthma therapy

People with chronic asthma will benefit from an innovative new treatment available at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital which has been shown in clinical trials to substantially reduce severe asthma attacks and hospital emergency visits.

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Dr Samuel Kim performs innovative asthma procedure bronchial-thermoplasty-procedure

Dr Samuel Kim performs the innovative bronchial thermoplasty procedure

 

October 2013

Rare life-saving surgery success at St Andrew's

In remarkable rare surgery, four leading specialists from St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital combined to perform a pro bono operation to remove a life-threatening tumour from behind Vebui Bala's right eye.

icon Rare life-saving surgery success at St Andrew's (133.45 kB)

Photo of Vebui Bala after life-saving surgeryProfessor Tim Sullivan

Pictured are Vebui Bala following his life-saving surgery, and Professor Tim Sullivan.

 

September 2013

St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital appoints new GM

Highly experienced health administrator Andrew Barron has been appointed General Manager of St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital.

icon St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital appoints new GM (205.04 kB)

Andrew Barron

 

August 2013

Hospital staff stride out for health

More than 300 St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital and Wesley Hospital doctors, nurses and other staff are putting their best feet forward, and promoting health and fitness by taking part in The Sunday Mail Suncorp Bank Bridge to Brisbane this weekend.

Pictured are, from left, Beth Sewell, PA to the Director of Nursing; Andrew Barron, Acting General Manager; Sinead Glynn, Registered Nurse; and Kate Byrne, Speech Pathologist.

icon Hospital staff stride out for health (84.99 kB)

Beth Sewell, PA to the Director of Nursing; Andrew Barron, Acting General Manager; Sinead Glynn, Registered Nurse; Kate Byrne, Speech Pathologist.

 

July 2013

Art supports healing at St Andrew's

St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital's art strategy was nominated for the Private Hospital Association of Queensland's 2013 Innovative Practice in the Private Sector Award. At St Andrew's, art is more than just an adornment - it has the power to promote healing.

Pictured are Dr Philip Hall and Director of Corporate Services Andrew Barron at the Awards Ceremony.

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St Andrew's art collection Dr Philip Hall and Director of Corporate Services Andrew Barron

 

 

June 2013

Q&A’s Tony Jones to help thrash out issues facing GPs in Queensland

Key challenges facing the health sector will be thrashed out at a unique Q&A forum for doctors to be hosted by UnitingCare Health hospitals, the Wesley and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital in July.

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June 2013

St Andrew's receives International Healthcare Organisation Award

St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital has been crowned International Healthcare Organisation of 2013, Quarter Two - only the second Australian hospital to win the prestigious Studer Group Award.

Lysanda Hollands, Director of Studer Group, Australia, is pictured presenting the award to St Andrew's General Manager Dr Ian England.

icon St Andrew's Receives International Healthcare Organisation Award (149.95 kB)

Lysanda Hollands presents Studer Award to Dr Ian England

 

June 2013

Praise for staff following busiest day in St Andrew's history

St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital staff were praised after the hospital experienced its busiest day in history on Wednesday 12 June.

icon Praise for staff following busiest day in St Andrew’s history (217.63 kB)

 

 

 

June 2013

Major theatre project including new Hybrid Theatre at St Andrew’s

St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital has embarked on a major redevelopment of its operating theatres, including the installation of a new Hybrid Theatre that will enable surgeons to perform highly complex surgery in minimally invasive ways.

icon Major theatre project including new Hybrid Theatre at St Andrew’s (145.7 kB)

 

 

May 2013

Artwork Donation to St Andrew’s Art Collection will help patients

A fabulous artwork was presented to St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital’s Art Collection on 29 May that will help contribute to patients' recovery.

Leigh Park, the artists' sister, is pictured presenting the artwork ‘Conceptacle 2005’ to St Andrew's General Manager Dr Ian England and the hospital’s honorary art curator, Gynaecologist Dr Philip Hall.

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Leigh Park presents artwork to General Manager Dr Ian England and Art Curator Dr Philip Hall

 

 

April 2013

St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital launches Pelvic Medicine Centre

St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital has officially launched its multidisciplinary Pelvic Medicine Centre dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and management of pelvic floor conditions.

icon St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital launches Pelvic Medicine Centre (222.67 kB)

 

 

March 2013

International Women’s Day Art Exhibition at St Andrew’s

A stunning new art collection is now on display at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital following the opening of The Art From The Margins’ International Women’s Day Exhibition on Friday 8 March.

icon International Women’s Day Art Exhibition at St Andrew’s (144.1 kB)

 

Artist Cary Davies with Art from the Margin's Tania Daly

 

 

March 2013

Hypotheticals mastermind to probe medical ethics in Brisbane

On Saturday 16 March, St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital and The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane will host an evening for GPs with the prominent human rights lawyer, academic, author and broadcaster. Mr Robertson will lead an expert panel in a discussion of how medical advancements are changing the ethical and moral landscape for doctors and patients.

icon Hypotheticals mastermind to probe medical ethics in Brisbane (141.58 kB)

 

 

February 2013

Improving our Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency should be a priority for us all and UnitingCare Health has identified a number of initiatives which will ensure our hospitals improve their performance in this area.

icon Improving our Energy Efficiency (101.11 kB)

 

Front cover of Energy efficiency opportunity assessment

 

February 2013

Day surgery renovations now complete

More privacy, space and efficiency are the key improvements to St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital’s newly renovated Surgical Admissions Lounge according to the Day Surgery Team.

icon Day Surgery renovations now complete (90.63 kB)

 

Day Surgery Team

 

 

January 2013

Congratulations to St Andrew's Neurologist Professor Peter Silburn on Australia Day Honour

UnitingCare Queensland and UnitingCare Health have congratulated world-leading Brisbane neurologist Professor Peter Silburn, who has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2013 Australia Day Honours.

icon Congratulations to St Andrew’s Neurologist Professor Peter Silburn on Australia Day Honour (65.19 kB)

 

 

 

January 2013

Day Surgery renovations will improve service provision to patients

Renovations to improve the St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital's Day Surgery area and service provision to patients will take place between Monday 7 and Friday 18 January.

icon Day Surgery renovations will improve service provision to patients (32.95 kB)

 

December 2012

Cutting-edge blade a breakthrough for cardiac pacemaker and defibrillator implant surgery

St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital cardiologists are the first in the Asia-Pacific region to trial an advanced electrode ‘scalpel’ in cardiac implantable device surgery.

icon Cutting-edge blade a breakthrough for cardiac pacemaker and defibrillator implant surgery (216.25 kB)

 

Dr Stafford with the new PlasmaBlade

 

 

December 2012

Advanced cardiac CT scanning, with light and sound, now at St Andrew’s Hospital

Leading cardiologists based at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital in Brisbane are the first in Queensland to install a state-of-the-art cardiac CT scanner to investigate patients for coronary artery disease.

icon Advanced cardiac CT scanning, with light and sound, now at St Andrew’s Hospital (213.95 kB)

 

 

December 2012

Susan Farlow and Emergency Centre are our Award Winners for 2012

Susan Farlow and our Emergency Centre Department were crowned St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital’s award winners of 2012

icon Susan Farlow and Emergency Centre are our Staff Award Winners for 2012 (36.22 kB)

 

 

December 2012

The healing power of art

Art in hospitals is not rare but it may seem surprising for a hospital to launch a new art collection when it has been successfully providing
patient care for more than 50 years.

icon The healing power of art (218.95 kB)

 

 

November 2012

Unsung heroes

Read more about St Andrew's Volunteers - Pat Slattery and Ross Gault - as they're profiled in Brisbane News.

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November 2012

Award for ensuring care extends beyond the hospital

PROVIDING vital support to both patients and clinical areas led to a staff achievement award for St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital’s discharge coordinators team.

icon Award for ensuring care extends beyond the hospital (32.16 kB)

 

 

 

September 2012

St Andrew’s doctor reaches out to Papua New Guinea islanders

A MEDICAL mission by Brisbane doctor and Paddington resident Dr Mark Dalton to help the residents of Papua New Guinea’s Ali Island set up a much needed health clinic got off to an unusual start.

icon St Andrew’s doctor reaches out to Papua New Guinea islanders (39.8 kB)

 

 

 

September 2012

Queensland Health Minister visits St Andrew’s

Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg praised St Andrew’s staff and facilities after visiting the hospital on Thursday 6 September.

icon Queensland Health Minister visits St Andrew’s (208.43 kB)

 

Queensland Health Ministerial visit

 

From left: UnitingCare Health Executive Director Richard Royle, Health Minister Lawrence Springborg, Director of Nursing Rosemarie
White and General Manager Dr Ian England

 

August 2012

Brisbane specialists reach out to Hervey Bay and Wide Bay GPs

Specialists from Brisbane are reaching out to GPs in the Hervey Bay and Wide Bay areas as part of an effort to support doctors on the 'coal face' of health care in Queensland.
icon Brisbane specialists reach out to Hervey Bay and Wide Bay GPs (208.96 kB)

 

 

August 2012

500th deep brain stimulation surgery performed by remarkable Brisbane specialists

The world-renowned team of neurologist Professor Peter Silburn and neurosurgeon Associate Professor Terry Coyne have together performed their 500th Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) operation at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital in Brisbane.

icon 500th deep brain stimulation surgery performed by remarkable Brisbane specialists (219.21 kB)

 

August 2012

St Andrew’s Nuclear Medicine installs state-of-the-art SPECT/CT scanner

Queensland Diagnostic Imaging (QDI) Nuclear Medicine at St Andrew’s has installed a new Siemens Symbia T16 SPECT/CT scanner. The scanner provides both diagnostic CT and SPECT studies in a single system making examinations easier on patients and preventing days of uncertainty as they wait for test results.

icon St Andrew’s Nuclear Medicine installs state-of-the-art SPECT/CT scanner (212.88 kB)

 

 

July 2012

Urology services boosted

St Andrew’s has invested $330,000 in new urology instrumentation and equipment, including flexible cystoscopes, resectoscopesand ureteroscopes, for the recommencement of specialist urology services.

icon Urology services boosted (208.48 kB)

 

 

July 2012

Back in Balance

St Andrew’s Back in Balance Falls Prevention Program aims to improve strength and balance as well as increase awareness of the risks of falling, and strategies to prevent falls.

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