THE grand opening of Springfield's newest hospital could not have gone any smoother, with nine successful operations completed on the first day.

There might have been a few nerves from all the staff at Mater Private Hospital Springfield at first, but they quickly dissolved once they welcomed their first patients in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Forest Lake resident Brett Deaves had the honour of being the first patient to be treated at the brand new $85 million hospital by having laser surgery to remove his kidney stones.

"It is such an honour to be the first patient," Mr Deaves said.

"When I walked through the doors, I felt like I was a movie star.

"All of the staff have been very friendly, the rooms are very clean and the treatment is excellent."

FIRST PATIENT: Brett Deaves of Forest Lake was the first person to have surgery at the new Mater Private Hospital Springfield. (from left)Mater Springfield director Fritha Mackay, nursing director Betsy Taylor, Dr Stuart Philip and nurse Kirsti van Wyk.
FIRST PATIENT: Brett Deaves of Forest Lake was the first person to have surgery at the new Mater Private Hospital Springfield. (from left)Mater Springfield director Fritha Mackay, nursing director Betsy Taylor, Dr Stuart Philip and nurse Kirsti van Wyk. David Nielsen

Mr Deaves' procedure was conducted by another south-west local, urologist specialist Dr Stuart Philip, who lives in Brookwater.

Dr Philip will be working part time at the new Springfield hospital as well as the Mater at South Brisbane.

Dr Philip said the surgery was quick and efficient.

"The first surgery performed at Mater Private Hospital Springfield was bilateral kidney stones, a minimal invasive procedure using lasers to break up the stones," Dr Philip said.

"The procedure took about an hour to do both sides, with no complications.

"The laser that we used is one of only two state-of-the-art machines using the latest technology.

"One is at the Mater in Springfield, and the other is at the Mater at South Brisbane."

Mater Private Hospital Springfield Director Fritha Mackay said she was "extremely proud" with how her team performed in the early hours of opening.

"We started off with nine surgeries because we wanted to start slowly to make sure everyone was comfortable.

"But we will be doing a lot more daily surgeries in the coming weeks and months."

The first patients at the Cancer Care Centre will arrive in the coming days.



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