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Mobile theatre to improve patient experience

Patients across Worcestershire are set to benefit from the addition of a mobile operating theatre at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

The modular theatre – which will also include an anaesthetic room and a two-bed first-stage recovery area – will be used for a variety of procedures, including hernia repairs, gall bladder operations, women’s surgery and breast surgery.

When it opens, it will have the capacity to carry out up to an extra 50 procedures a week, meaning that county patients have less risk of their operations being cancelled due to other factors such as emergency pressures.

Julian Berlet, Consultant Anaesthetist and Divisional Medical Director for Theatres at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “This investment in the Alexandra Hospital will benefit patients across the county.

“Increasing emergency activity across our hospitals has meant that, in some instances, patients waiting for non-emergency elective operations have had their procedures cancelled. By increasing our surgical capacity at the Alex we can reduce the chances of this happening, significantly decreasing the emotional and often financial impact on patients and their families.”

“It will also save the Trust money and help us meet our 18 week referral to treatment target.”

The mobile theatre, which will be leased for an initial 12-month period, will be attached to the main hospital building by a specially constructed access corridor and is expected to open in the Spring.