Patients who need minor surgical procedures will be able to have their surgery at their local hospital – Redcar Primary Care Hospital – in future.
Providing treatment in the community is a positive development for patients enabling them to be treated closer to home and making it more comfortable and convenient for them and their families.
Up to seven minor surgical lists will be held every week at the Redcar hospital with a view to extending this in the future. Surgeons, Mr Lawrence Ajekigbe and Mr Chelliaya Ramanathan will be performing the first day surgery procedures at the hospital on Tuesday 8 October 2013.
The plastic surgery directorate is looking forward to being able to treat patients who need a local anaesthetic at the hospital in future. Patients with skin disorders – some who may need skin grafts – will be some of the first patients have their surgery at the new local facility.
Patients with more complex conditions will continue to have their surgery at The James Cook University Hospital. The move will free up a theatre suite in the accident and emergency department and help provide more capacity for emergencies at the Middlesbrough hospital.
Patients will receive the same high quality care as they would at The James Cook University Hospital or the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton.
Lucy Tulloch, associate divisional manager said: “We are delighted to take our theatre services into the heart of the community. Redcar Primary Care Hospital has first class facilities and provides a lovely environment for patients. We look forward to providing more services there in the future.”
Dr Ali Tahmassebi, Langbaurgh locality lead for South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “As commissioners of local health services for people in the Redcar and Cleveland area, we have been working hard with our colleagues in South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to ensure our services are cost effective and sensitive to the needs of people using them.
“This work ties in with the CCG vision of helping people receive care closer to home and will also help relieve some of the pressure on our busy accident and emergency departments.
“Redcar Primary Care Hospital is a fantastic resource, one that local people should be proud of. By working closely with local doctors, other clinicians and managers across the health service we are able to make real improvements to the lives of our local people.”