On Thursday 24 November, our Surgery team (above) successfully operated on 22 urology patients in one day – triple the number which would usually be completed on an average day.
Our Theatres 3.0 project aims to get as many patients the treatment they need, helping to reduce our waiting lists which have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
This clinic was led by Flaviu Bologa, Urology consultant and Ayad Khalil consultant anaesthetist. Mark Churchill, Theatres Matron, and the theatre team set to work identifying suitable patients and preparing the equipment and stock.
On a usual day, they would treat around seven to eight patients, however, careful planning and teamwork meant they were able to carry out triple that. All required general anaesthetic and predominately included cystoscopy and biopsy procedures.
The team worked together efficiently, there were just minutes between patients leaving the theatre, before it was cleaned and ready for the next one.
Mark Churchill said: “Everyone had specific allocated roles and a planned structured system. To make this happen we needed lots of planning, experienced staff, and hard work. The team were absolutely super, and I am immensely proud of all our theatre, recovery and day surgery staff who work really hard day in and day out”.
Flaviu Bologa added: “Everyone was amazing, and we’ve had excellent feedback from our patients. Further high-volume lists like this should be considered and explored in other areas. Initiatives like these are great creative ways that we can work together to help drive down our waiting lists in a safe and effective way. Thanks again to the entire team!”