Additional operating theatre installed at Spire Dunedin Hospital due to increased demand

February 2012

Due to increased demand and in line with Spire Dunedin Hospital's continued commitment to providing premium private healthcare for patients, a mobile theatre suite will be utilised from March for use at the Spire Dunedin Hospital alongside its existing theatre facilities. 

In the last 24 months, Spire Dunedin Hospital has attracted an additional 12 consultants in four surgical areas including gynaecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic and general surgery. Five of the consultant orthopedic surgeons have moved their practice to Dunedin to join the nine orthopedic surgeons already working at the hospital, they will work at Spire Dunedin Hospital for a six month period until the end of August 2012.

The additional capacity supports these consultants as well as allowing Spire Dunedin Hospital to accommodate more NHS Choose & Book patients and others on waiting lists at the Royal Berkshire Hospital – both of which are areas of growth which have been increasing at Spire Dunedin Hospital. 2011 saw a 4.7% increase year on year for NHS volume.

The theatre has been leased on a short-term basis and will be operational for a period of six months.

Hospital Director, Paul Duhig: “The temporary theatre will be situated in our car park and we have planned extensively to make any disruption for patients, staff and neighbours as minimal as possible.

Our commitment to serving Reading and the surrounding area by providing excellent quality healthcare in state-of-the-art facilities, is reflected in the growth of both patient and consultant numbers. This third theatre enables us to continue to maintain and expand our offering and we look forward to a prosperous 2012.”

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