[Staff from the unit in the new waiting room]
A revamp of the the busy Day Surgery Unit at the RUH will mean there’s more capacity for elective patients and it will also help to reduce surgery waiting times.
Over the past few months the unit has been refurbished to provide an additional five new cubicles, which will allow it to take more patients, as well as a new waiting room.
The building works mean that those patients on the ward will also benefit from improved privacy.
The unit will now also be available for use by paediatric patients too, reducing pressure on the hospital’s Children’s Ward.
David Harding-Clark, Theatre Improvement Support Manager, said: “It’s fantastic to see these improvements in place. They will make a really positive difference for the people we care for and I know our staff are really pleased with them too.
“The vast majority of operations carried out at the RUH are day cases, which means patients can get back home once they’ve had their surgery.
“The new improvements will mean we have capacity to treat more patients and the unit will become an even more welcoming place for the people we care for.
“This has been a big project and I would like to thank all of our staff who have been involved for their support and patience while these fantastic improvements have been made.”
RUH Chief Executive Cara Charles-Barks said: “We are always striving to further improve the experience of the people we care for.
“These improvements to our Day Surgery Unit will not only provide our patients with updated, more private facilities but, crucially, enable us to increase our overall surgical capacity.”