Australian first for the Wesley Hospital’s Centre of Excellence

20 August 2018

In an Australian first, Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital had introduced a second Da Vinci Xi robotic system to further build its reputation as a leader in robotic surgery.

This announcement follows its recognition as the first accredited Centre of Excellence in Robotic Surgery in Australia earlier this year.

General Manager, Michael Krieg said it was an exciting achievement for the hospital whose vision it is to provide world class care and offer the latest developments in medical technology.

“We are incredibly excited about this latest investment for the hospital, which complements our recent acknowledgment as Australia’s first Centre of Excellence in Robotic Surgery.

“The Wesley Hospital has a proud history in Brisbane, and for over 40 years we have been offering Queenslanders the best in healthcare, with access to the most advanced technology.

“Since starting our robotics program in 2010, the hospital has performed almost 5000 operations and this next chapter will support the hospital to further increase our services to improve the lives and wellbeing for our patients,” said Mr Krieg.

Expanding the robotic surgery program at the Wesley Hospital will allow more surgeons to offer minimally invasive surgical options for patients in the areas of urology, gynaecology, colorectal, thoracic, cardiac and gastro-intestinal surgery.

Wesley Robotic Urological Surgeon Dr Boon Kua said that the hospital’s commitment to offering the latest in medical technology positioned the Wesley Hospital as the leading choice of care for patients requiring robotic surgery.

“The Wesley is already leading the way in robotic technology and this latest addition to our program offers specialists greater access to treat patients with cancers and other such illnesses previously undertaken by traditional open procedures.

“The precision and dexterity of the Da Vinci Xi robotic instruments and the experience of the surgeons enables the patients to have better outcomes such as quicker recovery, less post-operative pain, less blood loss and blood transfusion – allowing the patient to get back to normal activities as soon as possible,” said Dr Kua.

The hospital’s highly skilled robotic team was acknowledged earlier this year when The Wesley Hospital was recognised as Australia’s first Centre of Excellence in Robotic Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation; the largest surgical organisation in the world, setting the benchmark for surgical procedures worldwide.


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About The Wesley Hospital

The Wesley Hospital is one of the largest private hospitals in Queensland and offers a wide range of clinical services in modern facilities. The Wesley employs more than 2,000 staff who work together to provide high-level specialised care for all our patients.

The Wesley Hospital has the most comprehensive range of private medical services in Australia. With more than 500 beds, the hospital has grown in response to emerging trends in the delivery of private healthcare and the growing population of South
East Queensland.

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About UnitingCare Health

UnitingCare Health is one of the largest not-for-profit private hospital groups in Queensland, providing a comprehensive range of private medical services and renowned for its clinical excellence in a number of specialities such as oncology, cardiology and maternity services, operating in almost 1,000 licensed hospital beds.

The UnitingCare Health hospital network provides professional and compassionate care to more than 130,000 patients each year through The Wesley Hospital and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital in Brisbane, The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital at
Buderim and St Stephen’s Hospital at Hervey Bay, Australia’s first digital hospital.

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