An investment of £1.2 million has been used to upgrade the
operating theatres at Bishop Auckland Hospital and expand its
orthopaedic centre. The work increases the capacity for
planned joint replacement and other bone surgeries and will reduce
the waiting times for patients requiring these
Patients will benefit from increased capacity meaning more
operations can be carried out with fewer cancellations and an
overall improved patient experience.
Other improvements have also been made to the theatre suite,
including new lighting, flooring and electrical works.
Consultant orthopaedic surgeon at County Durham and Darlington
NHS Foundation Trust, Steve Scott, says, "Thanks to this
investment, all the theatres at Bishop Auckland are now 'ultra
clean air' theatres, which is essential for bone and joint
"It's inevitable that as the population ages an increasing
number of people who don't have other serious health problems, will
benefit particularly from hip and knee joint replacement surgery
which will significantly improve their quality of life. We
want to ensure we have the capacity to accommodate these patients
so they receive surgery quickly and have the best possible
experience. Also, because there are no emergency patients
coming through Bishop Auckland Hospital, this greatly reduces the
chance of an operation having to be cancelled which we know can be
distressing for patients and their relatives.
At Bishop Auckland Hospital we also have a ward dedicated to
orthopaedic surgery where patients begin their rehabilitation in
the care of a specialist multi-disciplinary team, including
physiotherapists and occupational therapists as well as medical and
Chief executive, Sue Jacques, said, "The number of people
benefiting from knee and joint replacement surgeries is increasing
and through this investment we can ensure our patients have the
best possible experience in our care."
25 August 2016
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital