Forth Valley surgical capacity to expand

Wednesday 19th June 2019

The first of two additional operating theatres will open at Forth Valley Royal Hospital on Monday as part of a ‘major new plan’ to increase diagnostic, surgical and inpatient capacity.

Extra operating lists are already running in the hospital’s existing 14 theatres, including extended sessions over weekends, enabling hundreds of extra operations to be performed.

13 theatre nurses, four consultant anaesthetists and two consultant orthopaedic surgeons have been recruited recently to help manage increased theatre activity. 

Further staff will be recruited over the next few months to support the opening of the second new theatre, due later this year.

It is estimated that up to 1500 additional operations, both day and inpatient procedures, can be carried out each year once both theatres are up and running.

A new MRI scanner is also due to be installed in the hospital in the next few weeks and additional inpatient beds will also be established on the hospital site to support the increased theatre activity.

Liz MacLeod, NHS Forth Valley’s theatre manager, said:

“Credit is due to the entire theatre team who have worked incredibly hard over the last six months to ensure the first new theatre opens on time.

“Everyone is very excited about the expansion plans and we are delighted to have successfully recruited additional theatre nurses, orthopaedic surgeons and anaesthetists to support this major new national development.”