Oncologist Dr. Belinda Yeoh and a patient

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Repat leads the way with elective surgery

Did you know that if you're having elective surgery with Austin Health then you're twice as likely to have your procedure done at our Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital than at the Austin Hospital?

Many people know about the original role the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital (HRH) played caring for soldiers and others returning from World War II. But today it's a very different hospital and provides a range of services to the general community as well as to military veterans, and emergency services men and women.

More than 14,000 elective surgery procedures are performed in The Surgery Centre at the HRH each year. This includes procedures like orthopaedic surgery, hip and knee replacements, skin grafts, gall bladder surgery and cataract surgery.

The Surgery Centre has eight theatres performing around 60 procedures per day and has undergone a number of upgrades over the past ten years to make this a modern, state-of-the-art facility.

It also has a 32-bed inpatient unit for patients recovering from their procedures as well as a team of physiotherapists and occupational therapists to help get them moving again.

Austin Health continues to see huge demand for elective surgery and we take great pride in the fact The Surgery Centre and the HRH play a key role in helping us care for the community.