County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is investing
just over half a million pounds to create 'a centre of excellence'
for orthopaedic surgery at Bishop Auckland Hospital.
Patients will benefit from increased capacity meaning more
operations can be carried out with fewer cancellations and an
overall improved patient experience.
The Trust Board has approved plans which involve upgrading two
theatres at the hospital to become 'clean air' theatres which are
essential for joint surgery.
This will mean all four operating theatres at Bishop Auckland
Hospital can be used to perform orthopaedic surgery and will enable
the Trust to develop the hospital into a centre of excellence for
this type of surgery.
Mr Rob Gregory, Orthopaedic Consultant said: "We
are delighted with the investment into the theatres at Bishop
Auckland. This is a welcome development for the orthopaedic service
and we are looking forward to being able to increase the
Orthopaedic throughput at the hospital.
"It is not possible for every hospital to deliver every service
and do it to a high standard. By bringing some of our
services together in centres of excellence, as we will be doing at
Bishop Auckland with hip and knee surgery, we can make sure
patients receive the best care from truly expert specialist
"Also because there are no emergency patients coming through
Bishop Auckland, this greatly reduces the chance of an operation
having to be cancelled which we know can be distressing for
patients and their relatives.
"By creating a centre of excellence at Bishop Auckland we
believe we can deliver real improvements to patient care and
The main type of surgery to be carried out in the new centre of
excellence will be arthroplasty. This is surgery used to replace or
resurface joints, usually because of arthritis and hip
replacements and knee replacement are two widely used and
highly effective operations.
'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after
and very impressed.'
Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital