New Urology Theatre opening


A new theatre has opened as part of the College Road Theatre Suite at Cheltenham General Hospital.
This £1.2M project has redeveloped the old maternity theatre into a new larger theatre dedicated to urology surgery. Construction for the theatre complex began last October.
All orthopaedic and urology patients will be received in new patient reception areas and the existing recovery area has been expanded to receive an increase in patients.
The theatre has been built with new single sex reception bays and the recovery area has also been expanded. These changes will provide an improved patient journey through the unit and enhanced facilities for both orthopaedic and urology patients.
Located near to the urology wards Snowshill and Bibury, the theatre complex will make a positive difference to the patient journey.
General Manager for Theatres (Anaesthetics, Critical Care & Pain) Emily Morgan explained: “This theatre is larger than many of our other theatres and provides state-of-the-art facilities for urology surgery.
“The project has required a lot of attention to detail and has been hard work at times but we hope people will be pleased with the facilities we have created."
A £200,000 urology (holmium) laser, which was bought by the Trust in 2010, will be moved to the new theatre. The theatre will carry out a range of urology work including prostatectomy, removal of kidney stones, cystectomy and other laparoscopic (key hole) surgery.
Mr Hugh Gilbert, Consultant Urologist added: “This is the best theatre I have ever seen.  This is the result of a fantastic effort from the entire project team and what they have created will genuinely help us to deliver a first class urology service to the to the patients of Gloucestershire.”