Popular hospital opens new operating theatre

February 17th 2017

Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre, which provides NHS care for patients across Devon and Cornwall, has opened its third operating theatre and new day surgery suite including endoscopy.

The expansion represents an investment of more than £2 million. The third operating theatre will enable Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre to treat 1,000 more NHS patients a year, while the endoscopy suite will see in excess of 3,500 NHS patients a year.

Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre opened in April 2005 and treats NHS patients only. It is part of the choice offered to local NHS patients by their GPs when treatment is needed. It was one of the first independent sector treatment centres in the country and started out providing orthopaedic surgery and treatment to NHS patients across Devon and Cornwall. Since then it has developed other services to include surgery and treatment for hernias, gall bladder and cataracts. 

In October last year the centre became the first surgical hospital run by an independent provider in the country, and the first hospital in the South West, to achieve an overall ‘outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Mark White, hospital director at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre, said: “This is a significant investment for us and represents our commitment to providing first class care to NHS patients in the region, and to contributing to the local health care economy by working with our partners in the NHS to increase capacity and aid patient access. We are looking forward to being able to provide even more choice to NHS patients.”

Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre, currently run by Care UK, has an excellent track record in clinical effectiveness, cleanliness, the good management of waiting times and patient experience.

In August it outperformed the national average against all PLACE criteria (Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment). The hospital achieved:

  • 99.41 per cent for cleanliness
  • 97.37 per cent for privacy, dignity and wellbeing
  • 97.08 per cent for condition, appearance and maintenance
  • 95.90% for disability provision
  • 93.81 per cent for food
  • 91.46 per cent for dementia provision

Comments from patients posted on Facebook include: “Wonderful treatment and care at Peninsula”; “I have never met more wonderful, caring hospital staff than those at Peninsula”; “Everything about it was lovely the staff and cleanliness was second to none I would not hesitate to go there again”, and; “The place was spotless and the care was fantastic”.

The hospital most recently achieved a score of 97.7 per cent in the regular Friends and Family Test, where patients are asked to rate their treatment against a range of criteria and their willingness to recommend to friends and family.