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Right Arrow New Theatre opens at Ormskirk Hospital
05 July 2007 at 16:33

Following the move of Ophthalmic surgery to Ormskirk & District General Hospital at the beginning of April a new operating theatre has been built bringing the total of theatres at Ormskirk to seven. £1million has been spent converting offices into a new state of the art facility for ophthalmic surgery.

“The new theatre will undoubtedly cut waiting times”, said Penny Hipwell, Theatre Manager at Ormskirk, “as it means we will be able to do more operations each week”. Rob Gardner, specialty lead for ophthalmic surgery and his team are delighted with the new facilities, he said “at the moment we do around 55 cataract and inter-ocular surgeries each week and this is likely to increase, and as the eye surgery has had to be done in one of the existing theatres up to now, this additional theatre will mean we can do more surgery.”

The new theatre will be used for eye operations every day except Tuesdays and it has the potential to be used for other work on that day. As well as special facilities for ophthalmic equipment and the normal clean theatre environment it has also been fitted with a special Howarth Ultra Clean Laminar Flow Unit that forces ultra clean air over the operating table. This is used particularly when joint replacements are being carried out, as it creates an ultra clean environment, and this makes the theatre multi-purpose if required in the future.

The first operations in the new Theatre will be carried on Monday 9th July.

Notes to Editors

Pictures show the new theatre and some of the existing staff who will be working in the new theatre with Penny Hipwell 4th from left and Rob Gardner 3rd from right.


Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk