New hybrid operating theatre to save lives

One of Sydney’s busiest emergency and trauma centres, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney’s Emergency Department treats more than 42,000 emergency presentations each year. For major trauma patients requiring rapid and thorough assessment, surgery and resuscitation, time can be the difference between life and death.

The Foundation is raising $10.65 million towards the construction of a new state-of-the-art Emergency Trauma Operating Theatre. This theatre will house a hybrid operating system called the Mega RAPTOR (Resuscitation with Angiography, Percutaneous Techniques and Operative Repair), which will permit resuscitation, operative procedures and rotational imaging in the one location. The theatre will also be equipped with minimally invasive surgical technology, resuscitation equipment and other life support technologies.

The new theatre will significantly decrease the risk of surgical complications and ensure patients with suspected internal bleeding, a symptom in 30-40% of all trauma mortalities, can receive haemorrhage control without delay. Its rapid imaging capabilities will enable surgeons to insert stents with greater accuracy to unblock passageways and restore the flow of blood to injured areas.

We are most grateful to those donors that have already supported this project, particularly the Ernest Heine Family Foundation, for their visionary support. The new theatre will be named the “Ernest Heine Family Foundation Emergency Trauma Operating Theatre” in perpetuity to honour their generosity.

We are now close to achieving our fundraising goal and construction will soon commence with the aim of having the project completed in early 2022.

Read online – Autumn Highlights 2021