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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The ‘blue rooms’ as they are affectionately known (due to their blue glass walls and blue lighting) will help to reduce waiting times for patients as the rooms will facilitate procedures, which as recently as five years ago, may have required an operation.

RBWH’s Director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Dr Mark Appleyard said the blue rooms were equipped with the latest technology.

“These rooms have the latest endoscopy medical equipment and operating room integration technologies including video streaming and external broadcasting. From a design perspective, the blue lighting and glass wall panels improve the contrast of the video monitors, so the tissues that we’re looking at become more crisp and easier to see.”

“Not only will these rooms allow us to see more patients, they also play a key role in the training and education of our staff by increasing collaboration amongst specialists and trainees and will also allow us to host live, online workshops,” said Dr Appleyard.

After the first ‘blue room’ went live in July 2017, the completion of the second room in late September 2017 has resulted in RBWH being able to perform an additional 2,500 endoscopy procedures per year, greatly improving patient services.

“The technology we have now will allow us to conduct procedures that traditionally four to five years ago patients may have needed operations for, so not only can we treat more patients, but we can look to avoid, where possible, the longer patient recovery times associated with surgery,” said Dr Appleyard.

The redevelopment at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital forms a pivotal part of the Queensland government’s $160m Endoscopy Action Plan aimed at delivering 50,000 additional procedures over the next four years to ensure Queensland public hospitals keep pace with the growing demand for the procedure.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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