Sawbridgeworth Hospital's Radical Plan to Address Massive Increase in Admissions

Rivers Hospital in Sawbridgeworth is seeking to address a 75% increase in admissions since 2008 by introducing a new theatre and a number of associated facilities.

Rivers Hospital in Sawbridgeworth

The privately run hospital, off High Wych Road, is owned by Ramsay Health Care, which says the development is needed in order to continue meeting the health needs of local people.

Its design and access statement submitted to East Herts District Council says that a single-storey extension with plant room will provide the following:

  • A new "ultra clean operating theatre"
  • A new theatre equipment store
  • A corrdior link between the two
  • A 12-bay second stage recovery area
  • An additional first stage recovery bay
  • A four-bay pre-op area
  • A new alternative entrance/exit lobby
  • A new linen store

Alterations to the existing building are also proposed in order to provide a minor ops suite, offices, waiting areas and more.

The statement continues: "The hospital is now operating at capacity and at peak periods has had to reschedule admissions when discharges have not progressed as planned.

"If this development was not provided then the hospital would need to reduce the current offering of services to NHS patients to avoid contractual breeches.

"This would likely lead to reduced employment levels as Ramsay shifts investment to other units in other locations."

Also under the proposals, there would be a net increase of 18 car parking spaces. The new spaces would be used for staff - it is estimated the development would create 24 jobs - so that ones closer to the hospital could be freed for patient use.

Rivers opened in 1992 and has grown to serve both NHS and private patients. It is adjacent to the Gardens and Jacobs Neurological Centres and provides diagnosis and treatment of a comprehensive range of health conditions.


Source: Herts & Essex Observer



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