Trust investing £5.5m on improving hospital's theatres

A multi-million revamp at a Northumberland hospital is aiming to improve patient care.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 9:00 am
£5.5m is being spent improving theatres at Wansbeck General Hospital.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is investing £5.5million to give the theatres at Wansbeck General Hospital a makeover.

The refurbishment of the six theatres will include a significant upgrade of theatre equipment and space redesign to improve staff and patient flow.

The creation of an enhanced environment for patients and working area for staff will improve the air flow, reducing the risk of infection during surgery.

The renovation is expected to last several weeks.

Marion Dickson, Executive Director of Nursing Midwifery and AHPs and executive sponsor of the project, said: “Here at Northumbria Healthcare we strive for the best for our staff and our patients and we are always pushing the boundaries.

"A huge investment like this in our estate demonstrates that, even in the face of a global pandemic, we remain focused on continued improvement.”

The revamp will see the introduction of more laminar flow theatres which will provide more flexibility to accommodate different types of surgery, including spinal and orthopaedic surgeries.

Scott Muller, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and lead for the project, said: “We have a highly skilled workforce who deliver surgical care to people from across the region and beyond.

"With this investment, our theatres will become a state-of-the art facility that reflect the highest standards of care that our patients rightly expect.

"This redevelopment will ensure the facility remains best in class thereby cementing Wansbeck hospital as a major provider of elective surgery for years to come.”

James Almond, Director at P+HS Architects, said: “P+HS Architects is delighted to be working with Northumbria NHS on this important project.

"The major refurbishment will transform the hospital’s existing facilities to provide six state of the art operating theatres and ancillary support accommodation.

"Our team have worked closely with staff and clinicians to incorporate the latest technology, agree layouts and optimise workflow to ensure that the new facility will deliver the best patient experience and a safer, more efficient working environment, fit for 21st century healthcare demands and leading in the fightback to recovery post-Covid19.”

Adrian Parkin, Contracts Manager, Medical Air Technology (MAT), said: "MAT was delighted to negotiate the turnkey refurbishment of Theatres 1-6 at Wansbeck Hospital.

"We made a successful site commencement of Phase 1 (Theatres 5 and 6) at the end of January, and we are looking to progress with the remainder of the theatres during 2021.

"Thanks to the teams' support, guidance and quick response to all technical and clinical matters, we have managed to start works within less than two months of receiving an order to proceed."