New Gynaecology Ambulatory Services Unit open in Worthing Hospital
Our new Gynaecology Ambulatory Services Unit (GAU) at Worthing Hospital was opened last week by Mr Mike Rymer, Non-Executive Director and retired Obstetrician and Gynaecology consultant. The unit is the result of collaborative working and support by a large team in the Women & Child Health Division and the capital project team and is transforming the way we provide care for women.
The new facility provides a permanent modern, safe and comfortable environment for ladies requiring outpatient treatment, appointments for hysteroscopy, colposcopy, fast track/two week rule, emergency and early pregnancy clinics. It is designed to enable the teams to carry out more than one clinic at a time so enabling more patients to receive their hysteroscopy and colposcopy treatment for example and the unit meets all the quality standards for the cervical screening facilities.
The new facility provides a permanent modern, safe and comfortable environment
Attending the opening, Dr Maggie Davies, Chief Nurse, said: “It feels as though the opening of this unit has been a long time coming and I’d like to thank all staff for their patience and hard work while we have been planning, relocating and building the unit. I’m really proud that we’re now able to provide these gynae services in a first class environment, reduce cross site travel, increase senior staff presence, stop emergency transfers and treat more patients when and where they need it.”
The Colposcopy and Hysteroscopy clinics were carried out from shared temporary facilities at Southlands Hospital before being relocated to the Connaught Suite in April 2018.
It was whilst in this temporary location that it quickly became clear to the team that working from Worthing Hospital and using the Patient First programme offered the opportunity to improve services for patients. The team developed a business case, which was approved by the Trust Executive Committee in September last year. Creating a purpose-built, permanent clinic at Worthing Hospital has enabled us to improve the quality of the environment to meet the QA standards for Colposcopy services, improve service efficiency, meet predicted increases in demand and further strengthen our ambulatory service.
The team has embraced their new working environment and supported the delivery of 27 extra hysteroscopy, fast track and minor procedure clinics to treat 162 additional patients since April 2019. We’d like to thank them all for their patience and hard work.