The Australian Government has opened two new operating theatres at Canberra Hospital in an effort to reduce elective surgery waiting time.

A funding of A$4.68m was provided by the government to set up the two new operating theatres, two anaesthetic rooms, a pump room, a sterile room and a scrub area.

The Enhanced Operating Theatre Complex will complement the ten existing theatres, the government said.

One theatre will conduct general surgeries such as vascular and orthopaedic procedures while the other will perform cardiac-thoracic surgeries such as thoracic cancer surgery, coronary artery grafts, chest trauma and valve replacements.

The funding is part of the government’s A$600m Elective Surgery Waiting List Reduction Plan to improve hospital services and reduce surgery waiting times.