Fleur Anderson meets staff at Queen Mary's Hospital in Roehampton
Fleur Anderson MP (right) with staff at the new facility in Roehampton
Fleur Anderson, MP for Putney, visited the new NHS surgery treatment centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton the Monday (21 June).
The new centre has been set up in response to the pandemic, which has led to longer waiting times for some patients across south west London for routine operations and procedures.
In February, it was reported that around 4.7 million people were waiting for routine operations in England. Almost 388,000 people had to wait for more than a year for non-urgent surgery compared with just 1,600 a year before the pandemic.
This new facility was built in just under four months and has four dedicated operating theatres and a recovery area. It will carry out day surgery procedures and it will provide surgical teams across south west London with protected theatre time to ensure patients waiting for routine procedures get the treatment they need.
Jacqueline Totterdell, Chief Executive at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said, “This is a really positive step forward for the NHS in south west London, and the communities we serve. Local healthcare providers are working together to ensure patients get the treatment they need as quickly as possible. Surgical teams from different hospitals will benefit from this new, innovative, purpose built facility, that will support our recovery from Covid-19, as we reduce the number of patients who are waiting longer than planned for routine procedures.”
Fleur Anderson said, “It was fantastic to see the new Surgical Treatment Centre up and running at Queen Mary's Hospital in Roehampton.
“So many of my constituents have been in touch with me because they are having to wait too long for non-urgent surgery and routine operations. These procedures may be defined as not being urgent, but for many people it has been taking a terrible toll on their lives.
“I am delighted that people in Putney, Roehampton and Southfields, and people across south west London, will have more chance of getting the procedures they desperately need.
“It is so impressive that such a state-of-the-art unit was built so quickly this year, and to see such collaboration between NHS services. It is really good news for so many people waiting for day surgery, and will free up space in hospitals for more serious surgery as well.
“I would like to thank St Georges' Trust for a brilliant tour, and all NHS staff for the amazing work they are doing to get us through these difficult times.”
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June 25, 2021