Hospital wait times will be cut

New addition: Staff at the opening of the new day of surgery suite
New addition: Staff at the opening of the new day of surgery suite
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PatIients at Royal Preston Hospital are benefitting from a new surgery admissions area to reduce the amount of time they have to spend in hospital.

Royal Preston Hospital has opened the ‘day of surgery admissions area’ to improve pateients’ experience.

The area is designated for ear nose and throat (ENT), maxillofacial, orthopaedics, plastic surgery and urology patients to prepare and be assessed before having a procedure.

It means that patients now only have to come into hospital on the day of their operation rather than 24 hours before.

The new facility includes eight single-sex cubicles, six assessment rooms, a pharmacy area, lockers for patient’s personal belongings and a comfortable waiting room.

Up to 30 patients a day are expected to use the area.

Stephen Taylor, ward manager, said: “We have been working really hard on this new area for the last three months and we’re delighted that it is now open and running.

“The new dedicated facilities will improve the patient experience by providing a more appropriate and comfortable environment that ensures privacy and dignity and will eliminate unnecessary pre-op overnight stays in hospital.

“It will also be quicker and easier for surgical and anaesthetic teams to prepare patients for their procedures and will reduce the number of patients who do not attend.”

Patient Mark Greenwood visited the admissions area to receive treatment for kidney stones.

He said: “It is so much better to have a designated area for people who are coming in for a procedure.”