Care UK, the country’s largest independent sector provider of healthcare services to the NHS, has invested an additional £1.6m in its Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre; dramatically increasing its capacity to perform lower joint replacement and giving it the facilities to reduce waiting times for cataract operations in the region.
Care UK, which runs the centre in Chesterfield on behalf of the NHS, has invested £1.4m in creating a fourth theatre that will increase the team’s capacity to carry out hip and knee replacements by one third.
The new theatre, which was opened recently by Falkland War veteran Simon Weston OBE, features a pioneering air filtration system that ensures the air is sterile, helping the centre maintain its 10-year record of zero hospital-acquired infections.
The increased capacity created by the new theatre has enabled the service to take on a new specialism, ophthalmology, which will increase the number of cataract operations appointments available to people from South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.
Steve Booker, hospital director at the centre in Chesterfield, said: “Care UK is continuing to invest in NHS services and this current tranche of investment will enable us to further reduce waiting times for joint replacement in the area.
“Additionally, our £200,000 investment in new ophthalmology equipment will enable us to develop our latest specialism, which will benefit a wide range of NHS patients in the East Midlands.”