The Health Minister Vaughan Gething has today officially opened the new state-of-the-art Hybrid Theatre and dedicated vascular ward at Glan Clwyd Hospital.
The new theatre forms part of a number of changes being made to vascular services in North Wales. The new centre at Glan Clwyd Hospital will be one of the best equipped in the UK, with expertise and facilities available around the clock to treat complex arterial cases.
The theatre has received £2.26 million funding from the Welsh Government and a charitable donation of £500,000 from the Livsey Trust.
The new theatre will give Interventional Radiologists and Vascular Surgeons the ability to perform traditional, open surgery and minimally invasive endovascular procedures on the same patients, at the same time, in the same place.
The 24-hour-a-day, 7-days-a-week consultant vascular emergency rota will run from Glan Clwyd Hospital, with the hybrid theatre providing state-of-the-art facilities to provide emergency vascular care.
Alongside the new theatre the reorganisation of the vascular service in North Wales will also provide a number of additional benefits, including –
- 6 additional consultant vascular surgeons
- An additional consultant interventional Radiologist
- 4 vascular junior doctors
- Additional vascular specialist nurses
- An additional dedicated 18-bed vascular ward
- An additional vascular imaging scientist
- An additional critical care bed to provide additional capacity
- New interventional Radiology suites at both Glan Clwyd hospital and Ysbyty Gwynedd
- The new theatre will also support and provide surgical training.
The Minister for Health and Social Services, said:
“The new theatre and vascular services in North Wales have been created in line with the Vascular Society guidelines.
“Investment has been made into new equipment and technology to ensure the best possible service is in place. The investment we have made has already attracted new staff and will provide a solid base to build local delivery and improve patient outcomes. These new arrangements put the needs of patients first by ensuring excellent services which will be sustainable in the longer term.”
North Wales Vascular Network Clinical Director Soroush Sohrabiwe said:
“We are delighted to welcome the Health Minister to Glan Clwyd Hospital to see a service which will improve the outcomes for vascular surgery patients across North Wales.
“We have been really successful in recruiting a skilled group of medical, nursing, therapeutic and support staff to deliver this service, and we are now looking forward to welcoming patients here.”