Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital sets up ‘temporary’ theatre for two years to clear patient backlog

The new operating theatre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital will look like this. Image:

The new operating theatre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital will look like this. Image: NNUH - Credit: Archant

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is setting up a mobile operating theatre - which it describes as 'temporary' - for two years.

The hospital, which is under severe pressure for missing waiting time targets, will use the theatre to treat 30 patients a week.

It will be set up next to the Day Procedure Unit at the front of the hospital and will be provided by private health firm Vanguard.

The hospital hopes the theatre will clear its backlog of patients on waiting lists, starting in the second week of December.

It has consistently missed A&E and cancer waiting time targets.

Interim chief operating officer Richard Parker said: 'The theatre provides the hospital with vital temporary capacity. It allows us to meet demand without having to lay out the time or capital to build new facilities.


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'I think that the use of this kind of innovative technology really displays the kind of flexibility the hospital is achieving to continue to offer the best standards of care.'

The new unit consists of an anaesthetic room, theatre, recovery bay and eight trolley bays.

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