A STATE-of-the-art mobile operating theatre has opened at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.
The new theatre means an additional 200 patients a month will be able to have a range of planned procedures including breast surgery, minor vascular, stomach surgery, urology, and gynaecology operations plus minor orthopaedic work.
The theatre features an anaesthetic room, operating theatre, two-bed first-stage recovery area, staff changing room, and utility areas.
A specially-constructed corridor and ramps join the main body of the hospital to the unit and ensure a seamless journey for patients.
Theatre Matron for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Mathew Trotman, said: “We are delighted we have been able to introduce the new theatre at the Alexandra Hospital.
“This enables our teams to utilise our theatres and facilities more efficiently, and more importantly see those patients who may have been waiting for their elective procedure following delays caused by the pandemic.
“Our priority is to ensure we are delivering safe and effective care, with patients having a positive experience when in our care.
“This purpose-built theatre enables us to see a high number of low complexity cases, allowing us to perform more procedures, as we increase our capacity, allowing us to see approximately 150-200 more patients a month.”
Robin Snead, the Trust’s deputy chief operating officer added: “The additional theatre forms an important part of our wider reset and recovery programme that is in place to help hospital and wider health services continue to keep putting patients first despite the continuing impact of the pandemic.
“Having this extra facility at the Alexandra is also entirely consistent with our vision for the future of the Alexandra as a centre of excellence for planned surgery, and our objective of providing the best care for local people.
“We would like to thank our colleagues at Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group for supporting this important initiative, as well as all the staff who have gone above and beyond to ensure this project has run smoothly.
“It’s a great example of the work being done across our local health and care system to improve access to services for our patients.”
The new theatre is designed and built by a specialist company, who also provide theatre staff to work alongside the Trust’s surgeons and anaesthetists. It will operate at the Alexandra site until April 2022.
Redditch MP Rachel Maclean said: “The new mobile operating theatre at the Alexandra Hospital demonstrates what an essential role Redditch’s hospital plays in the delivery of healthcare in Worcestershire.
“We’re all aware of the backlog in operations caused by the pandemic, and this investment at the Alex will enable more people to have their procedures more quickly than would have otherwise been the case.
“Our local NHS is able to do this as a result of the £34 billion in extra funding the Government has made available to health services this year alone, with £2 billion in total for the NHS to tackle the elective backlog.
“I look forward to seeing more investment in the Alex. As I’ve always said, our town’s hospital has a bright future ahead of it.”