Dr Neil Agnew, Eirlys Uttley and Diane Hall at Spire Yale Hospital in Wrexham.

Dr Neil Agnew, Eirlys Uttley and Diane Hall at Spire Yale Hospital in Wrexham.

Great news emerging from the health sector in that a North Wales hospital has taken the steps to bring state-of-the-art equipment to their private establishment for the coming year.

Going private for your health needs has been a trend of the past year as public hospitals have been inundated with patients. Instead of running the gauntlet of waiting to be seen for a long time, many people are now opting for services that hospitals like Spire Yale can provide.

Based in Wrexham, Spire Yale has a large influx of patients every year despite its small size and as such, has decided to invest in high quality equipment to help people who come through their doors.

A welcome £130,000 is being invested in new equipment to aid the 2,000 operations which take place there each year and is a great way to mark 25 years of being in business. The two operating theatres at the North Wales hospital will now have superb air conditioning to help keep conditions suitable.

Additionally, Spring Vale have put pledged £300,000 towards new x-ray equipment and also new additions to the urology department as well as an estimated £30,000 going towards ophthalmic and spinal tools.

Manager of the hospital, Sue Jones, had this to say on the advancements: “Our aim at Spire is to be world class and to do that you’ve got to invest in the business.

“We have just installed the latest technology in laminar flow systems in our theatres. The system delivers a continuous cycle of clean air flowing down over the operation site and distributed out away from the main area in theatre.

“It ensures that there is a change in the air in theatre every 20 minutes and this helps to minimise any chance of infection to the patient. It is best practice for all surgery, certainly for orthopaedic procedures and anything to aid smooth and efficient recovery in joint replacement surgery

“It’s a brand new design state-of-the-art system which does not have a canopy so it is also a much better working environment for the surgical team,” continued Jones.

“It’s a really worthwhile investment for us, particularly as we do so much orthopaedic work – including knee and hip replacements – which accounts for around 60 per cent of our surgical activity. As far as we are concerned, it’s an essential piece of equipment.

“It’s a difficult time for the NHS nationally for a number of reasons – not least because people are living longer and their expectations are rightly higher.

“As a result there is a growing demand for a private provision and locally, we are experiencing increasing growth in many procedures, but particularly in orthopaedic joint replacement. A big part of our business is providing a service for patients who are paying for the treatment themselves and not just for insured patients.

“They are prepared to pay for these operations rather than suffer prolonged pain.”

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