Wirral hospital invests £330K in new day care unit

A top private hospital has made a major £330,000 investment in a new-look Day Care Centre.

The Spire Murrayfield Hospital, near Heswall, on the Wirral, has just opened the refurbished facility and it is already seeing an increase in same day operations carried out on the new day care ward by their specialist team.

In the first week alone 108 operations were carried out with some patients getting home within two hours.

Spire Murrayfield carries out over 8,500 operations a year and more than 5,500 patients go home the same day.

Consultant Vascular Surgeon Mr Leith Williams, who also practices at the Countess of Chester Hospital, said: “This represents a major investment in what is becoming an expanding and important area of work which helps patients spend a much shorter period of time in hospital.

“The facilities are improved and it means the system works far better because we have more beds and better segregation of men and women which is important in maintaining dignity and safety.

“It also means that we can get to patients even more quickly and provide them with the treatment they need, it’s better, cheaper and safer and ultimately people would sooner be at home than in hospital.

“We now see that between 60 and 70 per cent of the operations we carry out are day cases which means they go home the same day they come in which is better for them.

“Most are here less than five hours, some leave within two hours and even if a patient has a general anaesthetic they can still go home the same day – as long as they don’t drive.

“It all helps in delivering the high quality service which our patients deserve.”

The most common treatments include varicose vein removal, gall bladder removal, simple gynaecological procedures, ophthalmic and orthopaedic operations, including keyhole surgery.

Hospital Matron Julie Watkinson said: “The improvements have helped because we can offer separate gender areas which is important, we can accommodate more patients so they have their operations sooner and we may well have to expand the centre in the future.

“We now have 17 bays where we used to have ten and they can be used up to three times a day – you can have an operation in the morning and be home for lunch.

“The hospital has a zero infections rate in its three operating theatres and the fact is that you are also far less likely to develop complications if you spend less time in hospital.

“Some of our patients also felt that the old day ward was looking a bit tired and that was another reason we carried out the work – we always like to be responsive to what they want.

“Some of them will come back for further treatment and it’s good for them to see that we have done what they suggested.

“We’re also planning to provide iPads for each bay so that the patients have something to keep them occupied while they wait.”

Staff Nurse Heather Pospisil said: “It’s much nicer now and the patients are closer to us so we can keep an eye on them better and when it’s time for them to go to theatre they can go straight in from here so it’s much easier and quicker.”

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