A new multi-disciplinary private surgical hospital has opened in Sydney’s western suburbs to deal with rapid turnover and larger patient cases.
The Hospital for Specialist Surgery (HSS) is designed and run by 48 specialist doctors, four of whom are ophthalmologists: Dr. Prital Singh; Dr. Philip Myers; Dr. Eric Chai and Dr. Kiran Sindhu. Ophthalmology sub-specialties offered currently are cataract, pterygium and anterior segment surgery; oculoplastics and glaucoma.
HSS is a seven story building with ten fully operating surgeries and scope to expand by adding another four floors on top of the day surgery wing and building another facility on the land. This is the second private hospital opened by the HSS Doctor owners; the first was at Castle Hill and has five operating theatres.
The new hospital includes dedicated endoscopy and ophthalmology operating rooms; a 42 bed long stay ward; three close observation beds; a modern rehabilitation facility with 36 inpatient beds; hydrotherapy pool and spa; allied health services including physiotherapy and occupational therapy; on-site pathology and radiology labs; and an onsite pharmacy.
The concept for the hospital was inspired by Dr. John Fox, an orthopaedic surgeon whose vision was to provide the rapidly growing Nor-West community of Sydney with a more patient-focused approach to elective surgery…
Dr. Prital Singh said HSS is big enough to benefit from economies of scale and will fill a gap in the market.
“Australia has a world-class public hospital system. It provides fantastic care particularly for complex cases. However, with a rapidly expanding and ageing population, the public hospital system is under great pressure particularly for rapid turnover surgical cases,” said Dr. Singh.
“The private hospital system has traditionally been dominated by larger conglomerates. These are listed on the stock exchange and are answerable to shareholders. Their first priority is to make a profit.
“There are many small doctor owned facilities that have one or two operating theatres. These can run highly efficiently, but can struggle if they lose a few surgeons or if there are changes in clinical practice and they cannot make the adjustment…
He said the 64sqm ophthalmology surgeries have been fitted with the latest technology. “We have an Alcon Centurion Phaco System. This machine was only released internationally recently, thus making it one of the first units in Sydney. The Centurion has been optimised to reduce the energy required to remove a cataract. It makes cataract surgery an even better experience for patients and surgeons by being safer, with a more predictable outcome and faster healing time.
“We have a ceiling mounted Carl Zeiss operating microscope with the Callisto image guidance system that integrates with the IOL Master in the rooms that is used to take the eye measurements pre-surgery. The two machines talk to each other and help the surgeon place the incisions and orientate the intraocular lens to minimise astigmatism and optimise post-operative vision.”
The concept for the hospital was inspired by Dr. John Fox, an orthopaedic surgeon whose vision was to provide the rapidly growing Nor-West community of Sydney with a more patient-focused approach to elective surgery.
The multidisciplinary approach works well according to Dr. Singh because it facilitates daily contact with colleagues across a broad spectrum of medical disciplines.
“It’s a very collegial and challenging environment. However most of all, it was a truly exciting and engaging project to be involved with. When the opportunity came along to join the team, it was impossible to refuse! On a professional level, it is the single most complex, interesting and rewarding project that I have ever been a part of,” he said.