Date of release: Friday 6th February, 2015
A MULTI-MILLION pound investment will see the end of cancellations of orthopaedic procedures for patients living in the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust area.
The £23 million cash injection at Cannock Chase Hospital means five orthopaedic operating theatres are now available there, with a team of more than 20 surgeons performing elective (pre-arranged) surgery for orthopaedic patients.
And from November this year a further two operating theatres will also come on stream at the hospital.
Orthopaedics involves hip, knee, foot, ankle and upper limb surgery, including joint replacements.
Helen Read, Group Manager for Trauma and Orthopaedics at the Trust, said: "This is a fantastic development which will mean no one scheduled for elective orthopaedic surgery will need to worry about their operation being cancelled at the last minute because of a lack of beds.
"The Cannock Chase unit will only deal with elective surgery cases while all trauma and emergency surgery will be carried out at New Cross Hospital.
"The other big advantage is that by concentrating all elective orthopaedic procedures at Cannock Chase we will achieve a high throughput of major joint replacements, which in turn is associated with high quality results."
Prior to the development of the Cannock Chase unit, patients booked in for elective orthopaedic surgery regularly had their operations cancelled on the day they were due to go into hospital because of a shortage of beds.
The problem was caused by trauma patients - or medical patients from other wards already suffering a bed shortage - being moved into the elective orthopaedic ward.
Helen Read added: "From now on the Cannock Chase unit is purely for elective orthopaedic cases so there will be no shortage of beds and no risk of operations being cancelled."
Spinal and paediatric orthopaedic surgery will continue to be carried out at New Cross Hospital, as will surgery involving any patient assessed as likely to require post-operative care in either the High Dependency Unit or the Intensive Cardiac Care Unit.
For further information please contact Richard Radcliffe 07580 249609.