A refurbished surgical theatre has come into operation at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital offering state-of-the-art facilities.
The QEH is now one of a handful in the country to have a fully integrated laparoscopic theatre, complete with its hi-tech equipment and teaching facilities which will benefit patients along with the next generation of surgeons.
As the first of a two stage £3.2 million renovation project, Theatre 6 was stripped and then re-built to meet the hospital’s future needs.
Work is due to start shortly on the Theatre 5.
While Theatre 6, which went live this week, will be used for keyhole surgery, it will also be used by a wide range of surgeons across different specialisms to help patients across the area.
Hospital trust chief executive Dorothy Hosein said the theatre is a tremendous boost.
She said: “Our new theatres will make a huge difference to our patients along with attracting surgical staff to come and work in West Norfolk.
“We are aiming to be an outstanding trust in all areas of our patient care and this investment into our busy theatres is just one way of achieving that vision.
“I would like to thank all of our dedicated surgical team, including Zulfiqar Khan, and those within estates for creating this high standard theatre which is no less than our patients should expect or deserve.”
The 36 surgeons complete on average 100 and 120 elective operations a week at the hospital, including orthopaedics, gynaecology, urology, colorectal and general. The benefit of laparoscopic operations are patients have a shorter recovery time and hospital stay due to the minimal invasive nature of the type of surgery.
Also included within the theatre are specialist scopes which provide high definition images for surgeons. Images from this theatre can also be transmitted down into the hospital’s lecture theatre to help with training.
The new theatre, which also has a top of the range air filtration system, has also been future proofed with provision for laser surgery.
Mr Khan, who has worked on the project for eight years, said: “This is great news for the local community as we have a state-of-the-art integrated laparoscopic theatre.
“We have been at the forefront of major keyhole bowel surgery for the last 10 years and this will greatly enhance what we are already doing.”