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The new suite has 19 enclosed private bays that include TV with Freeview channels, full nurse call, ergonomically designed patient medical bed, patient controlled ambient lighting from a bedside control panel, free WiFi and hearing loops, lockable cabinets for valuables and a small wardrobe.
The project has taken 12 months (started on 19 June) and has included the building of a temporary endoscopy suite, the complete demolition of the old short stay suite, the addition of new foundations to accommodate the purpose built plant room and the complete rebuild of the short stay suite and endoscopy unit.
Short Stay Manager, Sue White explains why they have made the investment:
“A combination of new surgical techniques and advances in anaesthesia mean that day case surgery now accounts for nearly 80 per cent of all elective procedures undertaken each year. We know patients want more procedures, when possible, carried out on a day surgery basis so they can return home to convalesce in their own surroundings. We intend to further increase the range of procedures available, delivered by our dedicated day-care team, to patients from 6.30am to 8pm.”