FOR Nicole Bryce, St Vincent's Private Hospital's history-making surgeries today were a proud moment.
For the first time, two angiograms were performed in the hospital's $2 million hybrid theatre, part of the new Clive Berghofer Operating Theatre Suite.
Hybrid theatre clinical nurse consultant Ms Bryce was part of the operating team today and had been working up to that moment since November.
"It was still a building site then. It was an empty shell and now it is beautiful," she said.
"This is my passion. I love cath labs. I love this sort of nursing and to bring the service to St Vincent's with all these guys has just been amazing."
Ms Bryce said the theatre, called a hybrid as it can be used as a cath lab as well as a general operating theatre, would be used for diagnostic coronary procedures before being used for things like inserting pacemakers and coronary stents.
Cardiologist Dr Bob Ayres performed the first two procedures and said they went very smoothly.
"They (the patients) had what is a called a diagnostic coronary angiogram. So we know that they've got problems with their heart valves, we need to do an angiogram to look at the coronary arteries so that when they see a surgeon, the surgeon knows then whether they have got to do bypass surgery as well as replace the valve," he said.
"This is the epitome of technology.
"The images we had today (yesterday) are far superior than what I am used to in the past. So it's a lower radiation equipment, it is far superior images and to be able to do it at St Vincent's Hospital is really wonderful."