Four years after it began and the final phase of the £15.5 million redevelopment of the main theatres at Craigavon Area Hospital has now been completed.
Work began on the ambitious projects in May 2011 and completion of this final phase now means that the hospital’s main theatre department meets the highest modern quality standards.
Two new theatres were constructed as part of the scheme which also included the refurbishment of existing theatres.
The hospital’s main operating department now has; eight operating theatres including; – two for Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery along with an orthopaedic ward and associated support accommodation; a 22-bed Recovery Ward comprising of three segregation rooms, one fitted with a bariatric hoist, space for ‘twin-cots’ and a four bed multi-purpose bay.
The development also includes a new waiting area for day-case patients; a seminar room for staff training; new staff rest room and changing facilities; and dedicated storage accommodation.
Welcoming the new development Paula Clarke, Chief Executive (Interim) for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust said: “The number of surgical procedures we undertake in our hospitals has been significantly increasing each year. Last year 16,587 surgical procedures took place at Craigavon Area Hospital alone, so this new development has been a very welcome and indeed, much needed boost.
“The environment for patients and staff is a key part of being able to deliver the highest quality care and we are delighted our dedicated team of surgical experts from across the Southern Trust now have state of the art facilities to help them achieve this.
“I would like to congratulate everyone involved for their co-operation and dedication in realising this development whilst ensuring that normal hospital activity could continue without any major disruption. We now have a really impressive and well equipped theatre environment fit to meet the demands of the growing Southern Trust population.”
Picture: Staff and design team involved in the £15.5 million redevelopment at Craigavon Area Hospital with Southern Trust Interim Chief Executive Paula Clarke.
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