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West Wimmera Health Service opened its new Operating Suite in the Nhill Hospital in late 2006.
The Suite was outfitted with Datex Ohmeda monitoring equipment, new patient trolleys, a new operating table and safety devices and systems which bring this important patient care facility right up to date.
Visiting surgeons provides clients with many positive outcomes including: increased access to specialist medical services, elimination of long distance travel and the resultant decreased separation from family.
When visiting medical practitioners are appointed or reappointed to practice at West Wimmera Health Service, they undergo a process of credentialing and the granting of clinical privileges.
Credentialing involves a review of their qualifications, experience and registration status to establish if they are appropriately qualified to practice in Victoria. Clinical privileges define the scope of their practice, as well as taking into account a medical practitioner’s skills in a particular area of clinical practice.
Access to specialist surgeons is obtained via a referral from your GP.
West Wimmera Health Service reserves the right to refuse treatment.
Orthopaedic services include:
- Treatment of sports injuries to the hip, knee, shoulder, back, foot,
ankle and elbow.
- Arthroscopic surgery
- Surgical opinions and evaluations
- Total Joint Replacement for Hip, Knee & Shoulder joints
- Surgical Treatment of arthritis
After surgery care includes essential sessions with the team from physiotherapy.
Ophthalmic Physician and Surgeon
Dr M A Chehade MB BS FRACO
Royal Adelaide Hospital - http://naec.com.au/
Dr Chehade visits West Wimmera Health Service on a monthly basis. He is a consultant for the Department of Ophthalmology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and Director of the Corneal Unit.
The Department of Ophthalmology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital is a centre of excellence which provides a comprehensive eye care service. It is the busiest Eye Unit in South Australia seeing over 17,000 outpatients and performing more than 1,500 surgical procedures annually. The Unit is composed of 12 consultant ophthalmologists, 1 optometrist, two fellows, three registrars and 1 resident. Aside from a commitment to providing quality general eye care to the community the Department also incorporates sub-specialty units in eyelid and orbital surgery, vitreoretinal disease, glaucoma and external disease, neuro-ophthalmology and squint surgery.
Ear, Nose & Throat Practioners
Mr L Ryan MB BS FRACS FRCS DLO
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Dr A Ayasamy BDS MDS FDS RCPS FICD
Oral and maxillofacial surgery deals with the procedures required to restore and maintain complete oral health.
On arrival, patients receive a pre-operative instruction sheet explaining their procedure and on discharge. After surgery, patients recuperate in the recovery area for a minimum of 30 minutes, depending on a patient's reactions to the anaesthetic drugs and surgical procedure. Once this phase is complete, the patient is then transferred back to their room.
Detailed information regarding what patients are to expect after surgery is provided by their individual surgeon. This information covers many topics including:
- oral hygiene,
- bleeding, and
Your surgeon and anaesthetist prescribe appropriate medications while in hospital and following discharge. A soft guideline is also provided, with suggestions of some suitable foods for this period.
Mr S R Clifforth MB BS FRACS
Mr D Bird MB BS FRACS
Mr P H Tung MB BS FRACS
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Dr I Jones MB BS FRANZCOG
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
• High-Risk Obstetrics • Urogynaecology
• Colposcopy for vulval disease • Infertility
Consulting on site at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital and other locations.