The rise of day hospitals?
The publication of the Francis inquiry into care provided by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, and the stories that have come out throughout the process, have caused concern amongst people considering surgical procedures.
"In the last 6 months we have seen a significant rise in the number of people enquiring about our surgical services because they will not have to stay overnight at hospital," unveils Sarah Rush, managing director at The Westbourne Centre, a specialist day-surgey facility in Edgbaston.”
"Our unique ability to perform a wide range of major surgical procedures using local anaesthetic means patients spend only a few hours here, then recouperate in their own home."
The technique of performing advanced procedures using a local anaesthetic with intravenous sedation and analgesia was adopted and developed for cosmetic surgery by two consultant surgeons at The Westbourne Centre, Mr Fazel Fatah and Mr Hiroshi Nishikawa in collaboration with a group of dedicated consultant anaesthetists. Years of auditing and evaluating the technique have demonstrated positive surgical outcomes and overwhelming acceptance by patients.
"Patients needing treatments cannot wait for reassurance about the safety of the hospital, they need to move forward confident they are receiving the best possible care and consideration” continues Sarah Rush. ”At The Westbourne Centre, patients have peace of mind because their care borders on luxurious, they meet personally with the Consultant at every appointment, and our perfected LA and Sedation skills ensure they don’t stay in any longer than is necessary."
Surgical specialities and treatments available at The Westbourne Centre using local anaesthesia, with or without sedation, include:
Cosmetic surgery including breast augmentation, facelift and abdominoplasty
Reconstructive surgery for breast, face and body, including fat grafting
Cataract and lens replacement
Hernia and varicose veins treatments
Dental and Maxillofacial surgery
Orthopaedic surgery including carpal tunnel and fasciitis
A full list of treatments and procedures is available on the website www.westbournecentre.com or by calling 0121 456 0897.