More than 300 pieces of advanced medical equipment have already been purchased for the $2 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH).
The installation of major medical equipment, including high-tech imaging equipment and a powerful x-ray system for cardiology and vascular procedures, was a significant milestone in the clinical commissioning program of FSH, Western Australia's Health Minister Dr Kim Hames said in an October 8 statement.
"Fiona Stanley Hospital will be one of the most technically advanced hospitals in the world, equipped with the most advanced medical equipment to treat Western Australians," he said.
In an effort to ensure clinicians can deliver world-class care to patients, $32 million worth of state-of-the-art medical equipment has already been procured for the hospital.
The FSH will be the first public hospital in WA to install the Siemens Artis Zeego imaging equipment in a hybrid operating theatre. This allows high-quality radiological imaging to be performed during a surgical procedure.
"This eliminates the need to transfer patients from catheter laboratories to operating theatres to complete complex and/or multiple procedures, or from the operating theatre to a radiography facility," Dr Hames said.
The standout feature of the FSH will be the high-tech information and communications system that will deliver patient records, x-rays, scans, medication management and other vital medical information to a single screen at the patient's bed.
Promoting patient comfort, the screen will also deliver television and access to internet in patient rooms, along with the ability to make video calls to family and friends outside the hospital.
The communications system will help to streamline admissions and discharge while also improving bookings, record keeping and convenience for staff and patients alike.
Offering more than 6,000 rooms and 700 beds, FSH is the biggest and most complex public tertiary health facility ever built in Western Australia. The project also includes 50,000 power outlets and 1,000 km of power and lighting cables.
Construction is now more than 95 per cent complete and the hospital is on track for a scheduled opening in October 2014, after a thorough system and equipment test to ensure efficient operation.
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