Pelvic floor unit expanded to help patients

Grand opening: St George Hospital's Andrew Bridgeman and Professor Kate Moore officially open the pelvic floor unit expansion. Picture: Supplied

Grand opening: St George Hospital's Andrew Bridgeman and Professor Kate Moore officially open the pelvic floor unit expansion. Picture: Supplied

A unit at St George Hospital has received a $200,000 makeover, which is hoped will reduce the waiting list for patients. 

The pelvic floor unit has been upgraded this year to include plenty of extra space – featuring eight consultation rooms compared to six in the past. The grand opening was held last Friday.

The pelvic floor unit helps patients who suffer from pelvic floor disorders, which refers to the muscles just below the tummy. The unit was set up in 1992 to help patients with pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, and injuries following childbirth.

St George Hospital urogynecologist Professor Kate Moore said the upgrades to the unit would help them reduce the waiting list for consultations. She said there was now more room for equipment and more room to accommodate patients when they come in for consultations.

“We only had six consultation rooms and two were very narrow and hard to get into with a walking frame or a baby stroller,” she said.

“We were struggling with consultations and the waiting list was a four-month wait.

“Now we have eight rooms, the little narrow consultation rooms have been taken away … and we have four new ones which are much, much bigger.”

She said they had about 6500 patient visits every year and she was rapt to see the unit expanded. Medical staff in the unit include specialised nurses, gynecologists, consultants and physiotherapists.

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