A MOBILE operating theatre has opened outside the Royal Lancaster Infirmary to help prevent delays in treating emergency patients.
The crisis-hit University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust has recruited more senior medical staff and nurses to support the unit, which will cost around £200,000 to lease for the three months it is expected to be in place, excluding staffing.
Thirty-four extra beds are also now being provided within the main hospital site.
Between February 15 and March 6, 118 patients at the RLI had non-urgent operations postponed as bosses sought to increase emergency capacity and help cope with the outbreak of norovirus.
Medical director, Peter Dyer, said: “We have recognised that there is a need to make improvements to emergency care at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary to improve patient experience and reduce waiting times.”
See the Lancaster Guardian (08-03-12) for full story.