West Wimmera Health Service has announced the recommencement of its theatre services after an extended break due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Chief executive officer Ritchie Dodds said he has been pleased to speak with staff and patients about their joy at being able to have surgery undertaken locally once again.
"Their relief is clear, as is their gratitude for being able to receive these services so close to home," he said.
"It has been a difficult time for so many people who have been forced to wait for surgery to recommence due to the extenuating circumstances of the pandemic and the restrictions that were understandably required for the safety of everyone."
Patient, Kent Goldsworthy, was thrilled to finally receive knee replacement surgery at the Nhill Hospital.
"I was extremely relieved when I was finally able to have my surgery done at the Nhill Hospital. Dr Chi Gooi, an amazing surgeon, and Anaesthetist Kim Fielke, were the perfect team who were supported by amazing theatre staff and nurses," he said.
"My pre-op and post-op treatment was faultless. I would not think of going anywhere else after my recent experience. I waited a long time to have the surgery due to Covid-19, but the wait was worth it."
Mr Dodds thanked the community for their patience and understanding during the operating theatre's temporary closure.
"Well done and thank you to our Nhill Theatre, Acute, Pre-Admission, Allied Health, Radiography, Primary Care teams, and of course our visiting specialists," he said.
"We are very fortunate to have such skilled and caring people committed to our cause."
Eye surgery and orthopaedic surgery resumed in February 2021. Dental surgery will recommence later in March.
"Many people in our community will be pleased to know that our visiting cardiologist, Dr Andrew Markwick, and eye specialists, Quinn and Co. Eyecare will be back at the Nhill Hospital later this month," Mr Dodds said.
"It is great be able to once again provide all of these vital services at a local level and to help people in our communities avoid the need to travel further distances to access them."
For enquiries about any of the theatre and consulting services, people can contact West Wimmera Health Service on 5391 4222.
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