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Child-friendly surgery service at Kidderminster Hospital expands number of procedures

Worcestershire youngsters are now able to undergo more surgery closer to home in a friendly and welcoming environment tailored just for them, thanks to the expansion of children’s surgery at Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which has been gradually increasing the amount of children’s surgery it can perform at the hospital since 2016 – most recently adding Ear, Nose and Throat surgery – such as tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies.

The Hospital has also introduced a dedicated all day children’s operating list – one of the only hospitals in the Midlands which does this.

On these days the four operating theatres are converted into an exclusively paediatric environment; with child friendly screens, toys and play equipment and theatre staff even wear child friendly theatre hats. The theatre team along with children’s nurses, play specialists and medical specialists all work together to provide specialist paediatric services and support.

Mathew Trotman, Theatres Matron at the Trust, said: “We are one of few Trusts who can offer a dedicated all day children’s service and it makes a real difference to our patients as it is such a friendly and welcoming environment. The service has been a wonderful achievement and we are grateful to everyone who has been involved in the meticulous planning and preparation required to launch the all-day service. We’re really proud of all our Trust teams providing safe, high quality paediatric care and this is reflected in the feedback as we see a high level of patient satisfaction.”

Leo Leverett-Hawes, age 10, who recently underwent surgery at Kidderminster. His mum Jill said: “The care was fantastic. Staff were great at letting Leo know what was going on throughout.”