THE earlier detection of diseases such as bowel cancer became a whole lot easier with the opening of new facilities at St Vincent's Private Hospital yesterday.
The hospital's new endoscopy and short-stay units were unveiled in a small ceremony, during which they were blessed by Bishop of Lismore Geoffrey Jarrett.
The units are part of a $9 million redevelopment of the hospital.
The endoscopy unit will provide patients with monitors and scopes which are faster and less chemically toxic than previous models.
New monitors will also provide higher definition pictures to assist in earlier detection of diseases such as bowel cancer.
The short-stay unit will provide a recovery area for patients who need to stay one night or less in hospital after a procedure.
The unit has new beds, large recliners and private bays with televisions where relatives can spend time with patients after their procedures.
When 45 patients are admitted to the units on Friday, nurse unit manager Kylie Rhodes, who has worked at the hospital for the past 17 years, will be ready for them.
"Having the units finally complete is a mix of relief and pride," Ms Rhodes said.
She has liaised with architects and designers throughout the project.
"The hospital is becoming a one-stop shop with education, healthcare and even childcare and there is nothing like it.
"I'm so proud we can serve the community with this equipment."
St Vincent's Private Hospital chief executive Bob Walsh said the new unit was leading the way with the new top-of-the-range endoscopy equipment.
"You will not get better equipment or better care (than at St Vincent's)," Mr Walsh said.
"These units are part of the vision we had for the hospital and we are working toward meeting the needs of the community."
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