New era for St Andrew's hospital
THE St Andrew's Hospital redevelopment is beginning to take shape, with the first patient going under the surgeon's knife in one of its two new operating theatres.
Orthopedic surgeon Dr David Morgan performed the knee replacement operation on Monday.
St Andrew's CEO Chris Went said seeing the $8 million works coming to fruition was a major event in the hospital's 102-year history.
"The works are progressing really well and it's great to see the hospital moving towards completion," she said.
"It means we can hopefully attract some more doctors to town and expand our growing service to the Ipswich community."
Construction on the upgrade commenced in June.
The development includes procedure rooms, an expanded theatre recovery area, a new day surgery area, discharge lounge and additional car parking.
Ms Went said the majority of the works were expected to be complete by Christmas.
The hospital is run by Ramsay Health Care and offers a large range of services to the general community, including obstetrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, surgery and medicine.
"Our staff and doctors are looking forward to working in the updated facilities when they are completed later this year," Ms Went said.