As part of an investment of £30m, building work on the new
surgical complex at Darlington Memorial Hospital has finished.
Following the opening of six new state of the art theatres,
bereavement suite and mortuary at the hospital 18 months ago, five
of the existing theatres have been fully refurbished to the same
standard as the new theatres - bringing the total to 11. In
addition, the development has created a new day surgery ward,
admissions lounge, recovery bays, consultation rooms, changing
facilities, staff room and offices.
Commenting, consultant surgeon Andrew Mitchell, said, "This
investment will make the world of difference to our patients.
We already perform around 10,000 surgical procedures at Darlington
each year, offering a wide range of surgeries from life-saving
cancer treatments to procedures in a wide range of specialties,
including orthorpaedics, gynaecology, plastics, ophthalmology and
general surgery. A total of five theatres at Darlington are
now 'clean air' making them ideal for joint replacement
surgeries. One of the theatres has been dedicated to
performing eye procedures for which there is much demand and two of
the theatres have integrated laparoscopic equipment which is what
we use to perform keyhole procedures. In addition to planned
surgeries, we're also well prepared for those patients who require
Surgical matron, Sharon Farlow, said, "Clinical teams were
closely involved in designing the new areas, making sure they would
offer our patients the very best journey when in our care, from the
moment they arrive in the new admissions lounge, then have their
pre-operative consultation with the surgeon and
anaesthetist. Everything has been planned to
follow the journey the patient takes and the size of the spaces
will create a sense of calm, even on the busiest days. The
scale of the new theatres is quite breath-taking and we all really
enjoy working in the new complex."
Published 21st December 2018
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
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