Oct 18 2012 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer
MANY more patients will undergo hi-tech emergency surgery at Northwick Park Hospital thanks to a £14million injection of cash.
The refurbishment of the operating theatres and installation of new advanced equipment will allow a greater volume of operations as well as new types of procedures and will boost staff training.
Dr Ganesh Suntharalingam, consultant anaesthetist and clinical lead for the theatres project, said: “When the theatres open, patients will benefit from improved facilities for emergency, vascular, maxillofacial and colorectal surgery and tissue sampling research, and staff will have better working conditions and leading training facilities.
“Patients will also benefit from a strong emphasis on the healing environment, with natural light in all areas, mood lighting, wood textures and ceiling art in anaesthetic rooms to provide a more domestic feel at a time when people are often most anxious.”
North West London Hospitals NHS Trust said it is spending the money from its infrastructure renewal and capital investment programmes to undertake the work because it needs to incorporate modern standards of surgery and clinical care, ensure compliance with the latest technical requirements, improve the environment for patients, improve the productivity of the hospital and meet the anticipated increase in surgical workload.
In line with its planning permission from Brent Council of last year, the trust is to build an extension to its three-storey J Block containing three or four operating theatres before refurbishing the interior of the block itself, which houses nine, in phases to create six, roomier theatres.
Additional space will be created nearby in which three extra theatres could be established if the need arises.
They will house cutting edge equipment and will allow the hospital to perform a greater volume of operations as well as new types of operations.
One will be a rare hybrid vascular operating theatre, with built-in angiography, a medical imaging technique, and CT (computerised tomography) facilities.
In a statement the trust said: “The hospital is now ready to start fitting out the theatres, aiming for completion in June 2013. Patients who have operations planned during this time will not be affected by the development work.”