Eight new day surgery and operating theatre beds open at Rochdale Infirmary

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Eight new day surgery and operating theatre beds open at Rochdale Infirmary
06 March 2017

THE Day Surgery and Operating Theatre Department at Rochdale Infirmary has opened eight new 23 hour post operative beds.

These new 23 hour beds mean that Rochdale Infirmary patients will stay in one department from admission to discharge and will not need transferring to another hospital.

Before these new beds if a Rochdale Infirmary patient needed a long recovery, some further observation or monitoring after an operation, they were transferred by ambulance to another of the Trust’s hospitals.

As well as Rochdale Infirmary and community services The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust also manages Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, North Manchester General Hospital and community services, and The Royal Oldham Hospital.

Opening eight new beds at Rochdale Infirmary will help relieve bed pressures and reduce cancelled operations at these other hospitals. The new 23 hour beds will also reduce time and costs for the ambulance service, freeing up ambulance crews to attend local emergencies.

Debra Mcilorum, Matron for the Day Surgery Department at Rochdale Infirmary said:

“We are constantly evolving the Day Surgery and Operating Theatres Department at Rochdale Infirmary so that we can provide the facilities surgeons need to carry out more complex surgical procedures, and so that we enhance overall patient satisfaction and provide a positive patient experience.”

The Day Surgery and Operating Theatre Department at Rochdale Infirmary opened in 2000, and was purpose built to accommodate a variety of surgical specialities for Inpatient, Day Case Elective and Emergency/Trauma procedures.

The department has become a centre of excellence for day surgery procedures in General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Plastics, Oral, Pain, Vascular, Ophthalmology, Gynaecology and develop clinics for Urology and Lithotripsy.

In 2016 the department cared for 11,069 patients undergoing surgical procedures. The department has recently recruited more clinically trained staff and developed new surgical pathways to ensure a safe service for patients.