BOSSES at Burton’s Queens’s Hospital have revealed that it has officially opened its new surgical 23-hour stay facility.
Hospital chiefs told the Mail that they were ‘pleased’ to announce that the
The Treatment Centre, based on the Belvedere Road site, now has the facility to be open overnight.
Routine operations in a number of specialities such as gynaecology, orthopaedics, general surgery and ear, nose and throat will be undertaken in this facility.
Clinical director for surgery Kevin Artley said: “We are pleased to announce the opening of our new surgical 23-hour stay facility.
“The eight-bed unit is situated within the day surgery unit and will be able to be used flexibly to accommodate a differing number of both male and female patients according to need.
“This facility will allow for a considerable expansion of the number and range of cases that can be undertaken in the facility which will result in improved access and an enhanced patient experience.
“It will allow the clinicians to adopt the latest best practice for a number of procedures as well as improving our resilience to cope with winter pressures by providing a dedicated surgical area
“By creating this area, within the existing centre, it has enabled us to realise the potential of the site and to make better of all our facilities.
“The move is part of an overall plan to build in ‘flexibility’ within the hospital’s ‘bed base’ to allow patients to be treated in the right place, at the right time.”
The Treatment Centre was bought by Burton’s Queen’s Hospital from previous owner Circle Healthcare for £2.5 million in 2011.
The treatment centre treats 37,000 patients a year and employs more than 100 workers.
It was acquired by Queen’s when the trust also took over the Samuel Johnson Hospital in Lichfield and Sir Robert Peel Hospital in Tamworth.
The centre underwent a revamp in 2011 after being acquired by the hospital and was closed for just over a week.
The centre now sports new flooring and improved seating.