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Patients at Hereford County Hospital will benefit from a state-of-the-art mobile theatre which is due to arrive at the hospital site in the coming weeks.
Wye Valley NHS Trust is to bring the new theatre to the County Hospital to increase its capacity and reduce waiting times for patients.
Once fully operational it will enable much needed additional general surgery and orthopaedic capacity.
The theatre will be located adjacent to the Emergency Department and a new link corridor will be constructed to connect the new theatre to the hospital building - as far as patients go, it will be a seamless transition from the current theatre complex into the new theatre.
“It’s plain that our current capacity is not sufficient to meet demand,” said Richard Beeken, the Trust’s chief executive.
“For some of our patients the time between their referral and when they receive treatment is not acceptable. Operations have been delayed because we simply do not have capacity in our theatres.
“Due to pressure on our services we’ve also had to cancel some operations. We appreciate that this is a huge disruption for relatives of patients - cancellations are always a last resort.
“The new theatre will give us more capacity and allow us to treat more people. It will mean a reduction in the number of cancelled operations and will help us to catch up on our waiting list, which is great news for our patients,” added Richard.
The new theatre will include a state-of-the-art air filtration system to ensure the risk of infections are minimised, an anaesthetic room and a two-bed recovery area.
Groundworks have already begun outside the hospital and the new theatre is due to be delivered during March.
If all goes according to plan, the first patients should be treated in the new theatre by the end of March.
“It is well documented that the services we can provide at the County Hospital site are limited due to the size of our buildings,” added Richard.
“We want to provide the kind of care we’d want for our family and friends and are committed to improving our current facilities and expanding the site where we can to increase our capacity.
“This includes the construction of a new 16-bedded ward for our older and more frail patients at the end of last year. So far this year we have opened new bays in our Emergency Department to help us see more people more quickly and a total refurbishment of our area for inpatients.
“We have plans to demolish the old war-time hutted wards and replace them with modern facilities fit for the 21st century and intend to breathe new life into older buildings on the site.
“We’re committed to providing compassionate and excellent care. This new theatre, along with the other developments, is helping us do just that.”
The new theatre is being provided by Vanguard Healthcare, which will also provide the theatre staff - the surgeons and anaesthetists will be from Wye Valley NHS Trust.
Vanguard Healthcare provides theatres to a number of NHS Trusts across the UK and more than 200,000 patients have been operated on within its facilities.
Notes to Editors WVT:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is the provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £160 million, we employ around 2,700 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact:
John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona Gurney, Communications Officer 01432 355444 ext. 5105.