Day Surgery opens doors

By ROXANNE MILLAR

THE Tweed Day Surgery is out to demystify some of the myths about going under the knife.

The short-stay hospital will this weekend host a community health education day designed to give people access to the specialists and nurses who hold the scalpels during important operations.

Featuring educational sessions by a gynaecologist, embryologist, radiologist, audiologist, dietician and others it aims to help people understand modern medicine.

Day Surgery clinical nurse unit manager Dale McRae said advances in technology meant a huge variety of procedures could now be done in day hospitals.

"A lot of people don't realise exactly what can be done at day surgeries these days or even understand the day surgery concept," she said.

"Day surgeries give people an opportunity to have their surgery but not have their life disrupted as well. People can recover in the comfort of their own home."

Ophthalmologist Petar Novakovic said the educational day would also give people a chance to learn more about certain medical conditions.

"Education makes a huge difference. It helps people understand the proce- dure and and gives them piece of mind before surgery," he said.

"And it is important for this area, which has an older population who require surgery for conditions such as cataracts."

The community health education day will be held on Saturday at the Day Surgery in Wharf Street, Tweed Heads. Entry is free and lectures begin at 9am. For a program contact the Day Surgery on 07 5599 5522.



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