East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has given the green light for a major investment which will increase and modernise facilities for surgery and minor procedures at Burnley General Hospital.
Work on the new East Lancashire Elective Centre begins this week to create a larger ward for short stay surgery with an additional 14 beds and the opening of a purpose-built facility for minor procedures.
In addition, the East Lancashire Elective Centre will feature an extra Endoscopy Suite – the 4th at Burnley General Hospital – as the Trust plans ahead for anticipated growth in endoscopy services in the coming years.
Gillian Simpson, Executive Director of Operations at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust Said:“This substantial investment in facilities at Burnley General Hospital means we will have extra capacity to perform more surgery and provide better treatment for patients.”
“A significant number of patients who need endoscopy, minor surgery and day case procedures will in future benefit from larger, purpose built diagnostic and treatment facilities in the new East Lancashire Elective Centre.”
Patients who currently attend the planned admission unit (Ward 28) will also receive treatment in the new East Lancashire Elective Centre.
A patient centred infusion suite will be created for patients receiving long term infusion therapy or blood transfusions within a calming, environment specifically designed to promote wellbeing.
“Demand for the type of procedures and treatments that will be carried out at the East Lancashire Elective Centre are expected to increase significantly in the coming years,” added Gillian Simpson.
Building work will start this month with opening of the East Lancashire Elective Centre scheduled for autumn of this year.
Kevin McGee, Chief Executive at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust commented: “This latest investment in the future of Burnley General Hospital is excellent news for all patients undergoing elective (planned) surgery with East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.
“It is vital that hospitals adapt in response to changing demands, new treatments and new opportunities, and the East Lancashire Elective Centre shows the Trust’s commitment to deliver NHS services effectively for local people into the future.”