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Boroondara Day Surgery: a new destination for ophthalmic surgery in Melbourne’s east

Boroondara Day Surgery – Vision Hospital Group (VHG)’s new ophthalmic day hospital in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn – has opened its doors to both patients and healthcare professionals.

The hospital was acquired by VHG in mid-2023 and has undergone refurbishment. VHG now operates 11 day hospitals across Australia.

Dr Jack Kane, a Vision Eye Institute ophthalmologist who recently completed his first cataract surgery list at Boroondara, remarked on the smoothness of the operation.

“Boroondara’s specialist ophthalmic nursing team and state-of-the-art facilities provide an exceptional experience for my cataract patients,” Kane said.

Boroondara Day Surgery is led by recently appointed director of nursing (DoN) Ms Margarette Cortez. She has almost 10 years of clinical experience within the nursing industry, including the perioperative setting, where she specialised in ophthalmology.

“My journey to Vision Hospital Group has been a wreath of faith, luck and perfect timing,” Cortez said.

Margarette Cortez is the director of nursing at Boroondara Day Surgery. Image: Vision Eye Institute.

“I’ve also been fortunate to have strong support from Vision Hospital Group’s national team of DoNs as I take the reins at Boroondara.”

Last year, VHG general manager of day hospitals Mr Greg Brown said Boroondara Day Surgery, like other facilities within the hospital group, featured world-class technology and equipment that supported best-practice techniques.

He said the day surgery would appeal to surgeons and patients seeking a bespoke, high-end experience.

“It’s in a highly sought-after, inner-city location close to cafes, parks, public transport and the Yarra River. Within the expansive premises are a private admission room, bright and spacious operating theatre, on-site central sterile supply department, large two-stage recovery area and several consulting rooms,” he said.

“We also have designer features and other premium fixtures and fittings in the reception and patient waiting room areas. It’s touches like these that elevate Boroondara Day Surgery to the next level.”

Ophthalmologists looking to grow their surgical practice in Melbourne’s East are invited to contact Cortez to arrange a tour of the day surgery. She can be reached on (03) 9667 4050 or

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