Portable Theatre Used for an Australian First in Melbourne Hospital

The ‘Laminar Flow Operating Theatre’ has been imported from the UK and assembled in the car park of Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital, after storm damage compromised one of its main operating theatres.

Originally designed for war zones, the portable operating theatre can be packed down to the size of a shipping container for easy transport. Surgeons at a Melbourne hospital have become the first in Australia to perform open-heart surgery in a portable theatre.

Professor Paul Myles, the hospital’s Director of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine says it was an “innovative” solution.

Stating, “when it was delivered here it was basically able to be fully functional within three to four days. The bottom line is if we didn’t have this operating theatre running, (patients) might miss out on their surgery or have to wait days or weeks longer.”

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