Investments in excess of £1million have been witnessed at the Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital in Chandler’s Ford during the past 12 months.
Investment in state-of-the-art medical technologies, patient services and personnel as well as community causes have been made since the hospital’s director, Thelma Henderson, took the helm in September 2018, and further expenditure is planned.
The most recent pioneering medical technology introduced to the hospital this summer has been the Mako™ robotic-arm which assists orthopaedic surgeons to insert the latest generation of hip and knee replacements with even greater accuracy and precision, supporting faster recovery times for patients, reduce pain and improve functional results and longevity of the implants.
Other investments have included the addition of a new eye laser clinic, to expand the ophthalmology services available to patients, the addition of new technology to support urology surgery, and to also enhance the patient experience, the customer services team has increased from one to five.
As part of the UK’s leading healthcare charity, the hospital has also been dedicated to supporting local charities and community initiatives.
Since Thelma’s appointment, the hospital has supported local youth football club Stoneham FC by offering health and mental wellbeing guidance to the children and providing the club’s physiotherapist with on-going access to the hospital’s gym and swimming facilities for the club’s footballers. The hospital’s consultants are also available if a footballer needs medical advice or treatment.
Thelma has also played a role in delivering the curriculum-based Nuffield Health Schools Wellbeing Activity Programme (SWAP) to four schools in Chandler’s Ford, helping to equip pupils with valuable techniques and tools to support their personal and emotional wellbeing.
Looking forward, further investment is scheduled at the hospital before the end of 2019. Work is due to take place between September and December on the development of a digital diagnostic x-ray facility which will enable spinal, knee and hip surgeons to gain greater clarity on scans. The hospital is also on a recruitment drive during the last quarter of 2019 to appoint eight people in a variety of roles covering nursing, healthcare assistance and physiotherapy.
Thelma Henderson comments: “It’s been a busy and exciting few months at Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital. By making significant and continual investments at the hospital, we are able to provide first-class facilities and services to our patients as well as retain our 300-strong employees and hopefully attract new ones. It’s important to highlight that as a charity ourselves, we are continually looking for opportunities on how funds invested in the hospital not only go back into enhancing the services we provide, but also benefit our local community through supporting worthy initiatives.”
Thelma adds: “Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital has the capacity to grow patient numbers during the next 12 months, and by housing new technologies onsite such as the Mako™ orthopaedic robotic-arm and the latest eye laser equipment, it allows us to offer up-to-date advances in the surgeries we offer to our patients in Hampshire and beyond.”
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