Plans have been unveiled to create a new surgical centre at a local hospital.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is set to establish a centre of surgical excellence at Ashington’s Wansbeck General Hospital – as well as at North Tyneside General Hospital – for patients who need planned operations or procedures.
The trust is making improvements to its planned surgical services to create an orthopaedic centre of excellence for the majority of complex orthopaedic procedures at Wansbeck General Hospital.
This will include a new state-of-the-art enhanced recovery unit for patients who have more complex procedures and those who need more intensive post-operative care.
Day-case surgery will continue to take place at the hospital, with more patients able to have their procedures and go home on the same day.
However, as part of the new arrangements, the day surgery unit at Wansbeck General Hospital will extend its working hours as appropriate to allow as many patients as possible to return home the same day.
As part of the developments, improvements have been made to gynaecological services.
Dr Eliot Sykes, business unit director for emergency surgery and elective care at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “Since opening The Northumbria we have been working hard with our surgical teams to make sure we deliver on our promise to improve local planned services at Wansbeck and North Tyneside hospitals.
“The improvements taking place mean that more operations and surgical procedures will be done locally and forms part of the vision we laid out several years ago.
“By concentrating our specialist and multi-disciplinary surgical teams in this way, we will create centres of excellence for both general surgery and for orthopaedic care and means we can get patients on the road to recovery much sooner, and home as quickly as possible after their procedures.”
Sarah Robinson, clinical director for emergency surgery and elective care at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “Now that we’ve embedded our new system for emergency care, I am very proud to see these improvements at Wansbeck and North Tyneside hospitals which will bring huge benefits for patient care.”
“The overwhelming majority – over 70 per cent of the surgical patients we see – come to us for planned operations and we know that coming into hospital for surgery can be daunting.
“Our priority is always to make sure people have access to the best possible quality of care and that they get home as soon as possible.
“It’s also worth remembering that in today’s modern NHS, with advances in technology and surgical techniques, more and more patients are able to go home on the same day as the surgery takes place and this is a trend that we are set to see continue.
“As always, our staff have been at the forefront of delivering these improvements which will bring significant benefits for patients for years to come and make sure our general hospitals thrive as we continue to push the boundaries of excellence in everything we do.”