Surgeon performing a routine operation

New operating theatres to boost SE London elective capacity

Patients in south east London should see reduced waiting lists for routine procedures, after the opening of two new operating theatres at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup.

The new theatres were refurbished by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and are being run by Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, with a number of fellow London trusts benefitting from the new facilities.

This will include surgical teams from Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust.

Teams will use the operating theatres to carry out high volume, low complexity procedures, with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS FT providing anaesthetic support.

Waiting times for routine procedures and operations have significantly increased due to the pandemic, with the new operating theatres just one of the steps being taken to speed up patient access to treatment.

Surgical teams from the different trusts are working collaboratively to ensure patients get the treatment they need as soon as possible. Operations carried out in the new theatres include general surgery and gynaecology specialities, with capacity to carry out as many as 75 procedures a week.

This is the first time the different NHS organisations have come together to provide services in this way, working together through the South East London Acute Provider Collaborative.

National Health Executive, Jan/Feb, Cover

NHE Jan/Feb 22

The pioneering programmes aimed at solving the NHS workforce pressures - starting at the top

This issue highlights the latest topics within the health sector, from pioneering programmes aimed at solving the NHS workforce pressures, treatment to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease, how the UK is leading the way in cancer research & more!


View all videos
National Health Executive Presents

National Health Executive Presents

NHE365 Virtual Events

NHE has created a full calendar of events to address the most important issues that influence the delivery of healthcare services. Over 365 days you'll have the opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivating, informative and inspirational speakers. These speakers will equip you with the knowledge and unique insight to enable you to overcome the challenges that you face.

Finger on the Pulse

Ep 14. Health messaging is a science, Professor Craig Jackson

On Episode 14 of NHE's Finger on the Pulse podcast, we're joined by Professor Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology
Birmingham City University to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the health messaging around it and how those in power have missed a trick by overlooking the key role of psychology in informing the public of restrictions, measures and the ever-changing situation

More articles...

View all