The first patients in the new short stay surgery unit are having their operations at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital NHS Trust this week. The new Unit, completed in less than five months, will improve access for orthopaedic surgery and brings the number of theatres at the Orthopaedic Hospital to a total of 10.
Built on the former Concert Hall site, the new Unit, comprises two extra traditional operating theatres and a replacement day case theatre. For patients coming in for day case surgery, there is a new external entrance and drop off zone on the hospital’s internal road. This means that day case patients only need to access the new self contained day surgery service, without coming into the main part of the hospital. Access to the other two new theatres will be from the main hospital corridor, where patients will be transferred to theatre on their bed from the ward, as occurs with the main theatre complex.
Successful close working between specialist contractors Cheltenham’s PKL Healthcare and Read Construction Holdings Ltd of Wrexham, project managed by Capita Symonds with the hospital’s Estates Department, has enabled the project to come to fruition within such a short timescale. Operations Director, David James, said, “I am absolutely delighted and would like to congratulate the whole team, both external contractors and our own staff, for making sure the new working Unit was delivered on schedule. We would also like to extend our thanks to patients, staff in other departments and visitors, for their understanding whilst the building work was underway The smooth progress of the construction and commissioning, will enable us to provide high quality orthopaedic surgery for even more patients.” The new modular Short Stay Theatres were delivered onto the hospital site over two weekends in July. They were transported by road on approximately 28 articulated wide load escorted vehicles and required a 500 tonne crane to lower them into place.
Theatre Manager, Mandie Owen said, “Staff are enjoying the new facilities and the patients feel comfortable and relaxed in the new surroundings. Already we have had some excellent feedback! The additional theatres and more staff means that we now have 10 functional operating theatres giving us more surgical capacity which is better for both patients and staff.”
A formal opening of the new facilities will take place in the next few weeks.
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