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    BENEFITS: Grampians Health Horsham campus’ Amie Ampt and Wimmera Health Care Group Foundation chairman Graeme Hardman with the Endobase camera stack.

Health foundation aids Wimmera Base Hospital surgery team

Workload for Grampians Health’s Horsham surgery team will lessen with the purchase of new Endobase camera stack systems.

Wimmera Health Care Group Foundation purchased an Endobase system worth $64,000 to replace the previous system, which was more than 12 years old. 

Now the foundation has committed to upgrading a second camera stack system at a further cost of $64,000.

Endobase is an integrated IT system that records and documents endoscopy information in one database. 

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The surgeon, using a range of different ‘scopes’, views the gastro intestinal tract to assess for health issues such as cancer, inflammation, ulcers and other health conditions – or to assist with surgery.

The new system ‘talks’ with the patient’s digital medical record and provides direct entry to that record, saving staff hours of making manual recordings and hand-writing reports.

Operating suite associate nurse unit manager Amie Ampt said the system would also improve the quality of images saved in patient records.

“The system collects and records all the health information including photos of what it sees and collates this into a document that is stored directly in the patient’s medical record,” she said.

“This is then able to be printed for information to the patient, provided back to the referring doctor or sent onto further specialists if required. 

“It also stores the images so that they are easily available to go back and review at any time to compare or review progress and healing.

“The system also tracks the specific piece of equipment that was used to perform the procedure from a reprocessing perspective so that if there is ever an issue with an individual piece of equipment, it will provide a report on every patient on whom it has been used.”

WHCG Foundation chairman Graeme Hardman said the foundation was pleased to continue to make important contributions to the Horsham and Dimboola hospitals, improving the level of healthcare available in the region.

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