The operating theatre complex at PCH will have the capacity for 12 operating theatres. This is a 50 per cent increase on the number of theatres currently at PMH.
PCH will also boast the State’s first intra-operative MRI (iMRI) in the theatre complex that will allow patients who are undergoing neurosurgery and other specialised operations to have an MRI during their operation, without having to leave the theatre complex.
The iMRI will decrease the need for more surgery, improve recovery rates and decrease infection rates.
Other key features of the new operating theatres include:
An 18-bay Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) will be located near the operating theatre complex on Level 3. In this area, patients will be awakened from their anaesthetic. One parent or carer will be allowed in to be with their child as soon as the child is sufficiently awake.
The operating theatre complex and PACU will have direct access to the Surgical Admissions Centre and Surgical Short Stay Unit, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
WA’s first intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) machine will allow patients to be scanned mid-surgery.
Six brightly coloured hearing testing booths were recently installed in the Audiology Department on the Ground Floor at PCH.
Each booth features a different vibrant colour across the door, walls and floor which will facilitate hearing tests in a less daunting environment for children.
There is a purpose-built booth for the testing and assessment of cochlear implants and all of the booths will contain state-of-the-art integrated hearing testing equipment.
To ensure the booths are the quietest rooms in the hospital, a large amount of detail went into the installation:
In addition to hearing tests, the department will be utilised for vestibular testing, which tests the balance portion of the inner ear by using a rotational chair to test dizziness. Eye movement is tested while the chair is moved in various ways and the patient looks at different lights. This test helps to identify whether dizziness is caused from inside the inner ear, is linked to the brain, from low blood pressure or psychological reasons such as anxiety.