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Plans approved to create surgery ‘centre of excellence’ at Bishop Auckland Hospital

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is investing just over half a million pounds to create 'a centre of excellence' for orthopaedic surgery at Bishop Auckland Hospital.

Patients will benefit from increased capacity meaning more operations can be carried out with fewer cancellations and an overall improved patient experience.

The Trust Board has approved plans which involve upgrading two theatres at the hospital to become 'clean air' theatres which are essential for joint surgery.

This will mean all four operating theatres at Bishop Auckland Hospital can be used to perform orthopaedic surgery and will enable the Trust to develop the hospital into a centre of excellence for this type of surgery.

mr gregoryMr Rob Gregory, Orthopaedic Consultant said: "We are delighted with the investment into the theatres at Bishop Auckland. This is a welcome development for the orthopaedic service and we are looking forward to being able to increase the Orthopaedic throughput at the hospital.

"It is not possible for every hospital to deliver every service and do it to a high standard.  By bringing some of our services together in centres of excellence, as we will be doing at Bishop Auckland with hip and knee surgery, we can make sure patients receive the best care from truly expert specialist clinical staff. 

"Also because there are no emergency patients coming through Bishop Auckland, this greatly reduces the chance of an operation having to be cancelled which we know can be distressing for patients and their relatives.

"By creating a centre of excellence at Bishop Auckland we believe we can deliver real improvements to patient care and experience."

The main type of surgery to be carried out in the new centre of excellence will be arthroplasty. This is surgery used to replace or resurface joints, usually because of arthritis and hip replacements and knee replacement are two widely used and highly effective operations.


'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their professionalism.'

Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital