Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, has welcomed the opening of a new operating theatre at the Alexandra Hospital which will enable patients awaiting surgery to have their procedures more quickly.

The addition of the new state-of-the-art mobile operating theatre, which opened on Wednesday, September 1, means an additional 200 patients a month will be able to have a range of planned procedures including breast surgery, minor vascular, upper and lower GI surgery, urology, and gynaecology operations and minor orthopaedic work.

The theatre provides an anaesthetic room, operating theatre, two-bed first-stage recovery area, staff changing room, and utility areas. A specially-constructed corridor and ramps join the main body of the hospital to the unit and ensure a seamless journey for patients.

Rachel said:

“The new mobile operating theatre at the Alexandra Hospital demonstrates what an essential role Redditch’s hospital plays in the delivery of healthcare in Worcestershire.

“We’re all aware of the backlog in operations caused by the pandemic, and this investment at the Alex will enable more people to have their procedures more quickly than would have otherwise been the case.

“Our local NHS is able to do this as a result of the £34 billion in extra funding the Government has made available to health services this year alone, with £2 billion in total for the NHS to tackle the elective backlog.

“Just like my constituents, I look forward to seeing more investment in the Alex. As I’ve always said, our town’s hospital has a bright future ahead of it.”

A walk-through video can be found here: https://youtu.be/WmlHdKPDZEw