Vanguard support North Devon District Hospital to reduce patient waiting lists

The Need

Waiting times for patients requiring operations in North Devon needed reducing. In particular, there were challenges around eye surgery, hernia repairs and joint injections for orthopaedic patients.

The Vanguard Plan

Vanguard Healthcare Solutions worked with the North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple to develop an answer which would meet their needs. The strategy centred on installing a mobile theatre at the hospital. It also included connecting a mobile ward to provide a complete patient pathway within one facility.

The Vanguard Solution

The teams worked together to install a mobile theatre with a large clinical area made up of an anaesthetic room, operating theatre and two-bay first-stage recovery area. Vanguard also supplied an adjoining mobile ward so patients could have surgery and recover without having to leave the unit.

Surgeon at work in mobile theatre - North Devon District Hospital

The Outcome

During the deployment, waiting times for these procedures reduced. Additionally, patients and staff responded positively to the facility.

Jo Gibb, Trust Director of Operations, told us: “We needed a temporary theatre to help us bring down waiting times. The Vanguard mobile theatre fitted the bill exactly. We were very pleased with it. Both our staff and the patients thought it was fantastic.”