A groundbreaking event marked the commencement of construction for a new NHS surgical day case unit at St. Luke’s Hospital.
By relocating most day cases to St. Luke's, space will be created to accommodate an additional 1,200 planned surgeries annually at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI).
This unit will function independently from BRI's primary acute facility, focusing exclusively on planned surgeries, thus strengthening the resilience of the NHS in Bradford and ensuring preparedness for future healthcare demands.
Its primary objective is to bring together the skills and expertise of healthcare professionals in one location, ultimately reducing waiting times for common procedures.
The unit's primary surgical focus will encompass high-volume, low-complexity procedures, including trauma and orthopaedics, general surgery, urology, gynaecology, plastic surgery, and colorectal surgery.
Centralizing these surgeries will enhance operational efficiency, leading to reduced wait times and a higher likelihood of same-day discharge for patients.
As the day case unit operates independently from emergency services, surgical beds can be reserved for patients awaiting planned surgeries. This approach minimizes the risk of last-minute cancellations and enhances infection control measures.
Positioned on the existing St. Luke's site, the unit is financially supported by NHS England’s Targeted Investment Fund (TIF) and is slated to become operational by spring 2024.
Name: St. Luke’s Hospital