Craigavon Hospital has opened a £15.5 million theatre suite, with state-of-the-art facilities within two new theatres.
Existing theatres were refurbished in a project which began four years ago.
The hospital’s main operating department now has eight operating theatres, including two for Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery along with an orthopaedic ward and associated support accommodation. It also has a 22-bed recovery ward comprising three segregation rooms, one fitted with a bariatric hoist, space for twin-cots and a four-bed multipurpose bay.
The development includes a new waiting area for day case patients; a seminar room for staff training; new staff rest room and changing facilities; and dedicated storage accommodation.
Welcoming the new development Paula Clarke, chief executive (interim) for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust said, “The number of surgical procedures we undertake in our hospitals has been significantly increasing each year.
“Last year 16,587 surgical procedures took place at Craigavon Area Hospital, so this new development has been a very welcome and much needed boost.
Last year 16,587 surgical procedures took place at Craigavon Area Hospital alonePaula Clarke, Chief Executive
“The environment for patients and staff is a key part of being able to deliver the highest quality care, and we are delighted our dedicated team of surgical experts from across the Southern Trust now have state of the art facilities to help them achieve this goal.
“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in this vital project for their co-operation and dedication in realising this development while ensuring that normal hospital activity could continue apace without any major disruption. We now have a really impressive and well equipped theatre environment fit to meet the demands of the growing population within the Southern Trust.”