Mobile unit will ease burden on hospital

Vanguard Mobile Day Theatre outside the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Health care assistant Jane Collingwood in the mobile ward.
Vanguard Mobile Day Theatre outside the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Health care assistant Jane Collingwood in the mobile ward.
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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.