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Royal Bolton Hospital: NHS trust wins bid for new theatres

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Royal Bolton Hospital: NHS trust wins bid for new theatres

Multi-million dollar plans to create “state of the art” operating rooms usher in an “exciting new future for healthcare in Bolton”.

Bosses at Royal Bolton Hospital have spoken about the difference the plans will make for patients, families and those who work in the trust.

The Bolton News recently revealed how the hospital had been given the green light to carry out the £20m investment.

The four new operating rooms will be crucial in reducing waiting lists and helping patients get the surgery they need much faster.

Major expansion plans will also include an additional bespoke theater center for children’s operations.

Annette Walker, Finance Director, said: “These brand new, state-of-the-art day operating rooms will make a world of difference to our patients, their loved ones and our staff.

“Being able to increase the capacity of our operating theaters will allow us to provide an even better experience for patients and help us address the backlog of elective waiting lists in Bolton and Greater Manchester.

The Bolton News: Trust staff have already been working to reduce delaysTrust staff have already been working to reduce delays (Image: Bolton NHS Foundation Trust)

“They could give us the potential to increase the number of operations by several thousand each year.”

Working to reduce backlogs of surgeries, which have accumulated during the pandemic, has been one of the key challenges facing staff at Royal Bolton and other trust locations over the past year.

Last August, the trust announced that 150 fewer people were waiting for surgery over two years, with the new expansion aimed at further reducing this delay.

In total, the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has received £19.6m from the government to work on the four new theatres.

Work has already begun on two of the new modular theaters with the two additional theaters yet to come, with planning permission formally granted earlier this month.

According to health officials, they have been designed to work flexibly and accommodate adult hospitalized and day patients.

Ms Walker said: “Our existing property is worn down and giving us operational issues, so while we have been able to help people despite these issues, we will now be able to provide the highest levels of care possible.

“This is the start of an exciting new future for healthcare in Bolton.”

The Bolton News: The new theaters will be New theaters will be ‘state of the art’ according to Bolton NHS trust (Image: Bolton NHS Foundation Trust)

But the trust’s plans go beyond simply tackling the backlog of surgery cases, with plans to staff new operating theaters with trainees in partnership with Bolton University.

Health leaders hope this will fit in with the work to be carried out by the Bolton School of Medical Sciences, which will aim to provide a range of courses and training opportunities for medical students, including nursing apprenticeships and higher apprenticeships in leadership and attention management.

Director of Anesthesia and Surgery Operations Michelle Cox said: “We want to be the best place for people to work and learn, and our apprenticeship program highlights this.

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“Our trainees are able to not only gain the theory they need, but also first-hand experience in providing exceptional care to people at one of their most vulnerable times.

“We are very excited about how this project will progress and how Bolton will be a model of excellence in healthcare.”

Trust officials say four new modular operating theaters should be open and ready for use next summer, with the custom pediatric center expected to be operational in early 2024.

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