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Refurbished Day Surgery Unit officially opens at the Churchill

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The newly-refurbished Day Surgery Unit at the Churchill Hospital has officially opened. 

The unit, which is based in the Cancer Centre, supports ten operating theatres where over 8,000 operations are performed each year. The majority of these patients will spend time in the Day Surgery Unit as they wait to be admitted for their operation, and afterwards when recovering.

The Trust has invested £2.1 million to redevelop the Day Surgery Unit, which has been designed to reduce stress and anxiety, with privacy and comfort in mind.

Sixty-three thousand pounds was raised by the Trust's Charitable Funds team, through a combination of donations and fundraising events such as abseiling down the John Radcliffe hospital.

There are now six individual consultation rooms, two single rooms with en-suite facilities and two six-bed single-sex bays, bringing the unit up to national same-sex standards.

The reception area is now brighter and more welcoming, and non-clinical and staff areas have also been redeveloped.

The refurbished Day Surgery Unit was opened by Geoff Salt, Vice-Chairman, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

"This is a really significant investment in patient experience from the Trust. The Day Surgery Unit looked a bit tired and dated, and the privacy for patients wasn’t as good as it could have been," says Mr Salt.

"The impact for patients is immediate as soon as they walk through the front door. The unit is light, airy and modern, and there are really excellent facilities."      

The courtyard garden - which provides a quiet, outside area for patients and relatives to sit - has also been redeveloped.

"These significant improvements were made as a direct response to patient feedback," says Theresa Lowry, Deputy Matron, Theatres and Day Surgery.

"The unit is now far more suitable for all patients, including those who have dementia. There will also be a dedicated area specifically for breast cancer patients, for consultations and prosthetic fittings."