Day Surgery is now integral to the NHS, so building a new unit to house this service was an essential part of the plan when Liverpool’s Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust set out to bring all of its services together on one site.
Previously based in the far from ideal, aging, Walton Hospital a couple of miles away, the Day Surgery unit is now sited within the brand new £34m Elective Care Centre at the University Hospital Aintree site, and opened its doors this summer to the people of North Merseyside and surrounding areas.
Manager Penny Hipwell joined the Trust in July 2009 and spent 12 months planning and project managing the equipment needs and staffing of the new unit. She said: ‘I saw it as a really exciting development opportunity: for the first time the service was all on one level and we were able to start with a blank sheet and plan every aspect of the operation to build in the greatest flexibility and make the most of our resources.
‘We have four theatres and two treatment rooms, but we haven’t created individual wards – we have an admissions area and areas used for first and second stage recovery plus a discharge lounge. Depending on the number of patients and types of procedures being performed in the unit at any particular time these areas are used flexibly to meet the requirements of individual patients. Many of the unit’s staff are also able to work in different areas, or are in the process of adding to their skills sets to do so – which is great for the unit and also means additional professional development and job satisfaction for the team.’
Choosing the right equipment was another essential aspect for Penny – and 25 Anetic Aid QA4 Powered Surgery Trolley Systems and accessories were a perfect solution. She said: ’Because the QA4 is a combination of patient transport trolley, operating table and recovery trolley, it means there are no transfers to delay moving a patient through the different stages of their procedure. The trolleys are incredibly easy to move about – they can be pushed by just one person.
‘We’ve also been very pleased by the range of movement that the QA4 has: in addition to the variable height and tilt (obviously they have Trendelenburg), the lateral tilt has been
particularly valuable in laparoscopic surgery. The range of variations means that the trolleys can be used for all surgical specialties from Gynaecology to Orthopaedics’.
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