Why we need new short stay surgery facilities? 

How surgery is performed and managed has changed radically over the last ten years. More and more people can have surgery and go home to recover without staying in hospital for a long time.

The evidence shows, that where clinically appropriate, this is better for patients. A shorter stay in hospital may improve a patient’s clinical outcome, recovery and experience.  The risk of hospital-acquired infections is also reduced.

At UCLH, we want to ensure that more patients are able to have short stay surgery in an environment which puts their needs and safety first. That is why, as part of the new clinical facility on Grafton Way, we are developing a world class short-stay surgical centre.

In this new centre, patients will be treated in an innovatively designed environment, with access to the very latest technology and medicine. Being in a dedicated centre also means that the service will be uninterrupted by emergency cases being prioritised over planned operations.

The centre will be home to short stay surgery services currently provided from University College Hospital and the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital.

  • What will the new centre include?

    With eight operating theatres and state-of-the-art recovery and discharge spaces, the centre is designed primarily for day surgery. For patients who require longer in hospital, there will be a short-stay surgical ward with twenty beds.
  • How will this new facility support UCLH?

    By relocating short-stay surgery and increasing the amount of surgery which does not require an inpatient stay, existing University College Hospital theatres will have greater capacity to undertake complex surgery which requires an inpatient stay. Separating some of the short-stay surgery will also enable us to improve how we manage the increasing volume of complex surgery that takes place in the main hospital building.
    We will also use some of the space at University College Hospital to develop a dedicated children’s surgical unit. This will help us to implement an efficient, child focused, standardised pathway for all children’s surgery.
  • How have patients and clinicians been involved in developing the design?

    At present, doctors and nurses are involved in the detailed planning to ensure that it meets the specific needs of short stay surgery.
    Patients have helped us develop the new short stay surgery centre.
    We held a number of focus groups, carried out an online survey, and patients have shared their experiences through diaries and films.
    From this work, we have learnt that patients want us to reduce long waiting times on the day of surgery, reduce the risk of cancellations of their operation on the day and to improve how staff communicate with them.
    We are working to improve in all these areas in current services as well as for future projects and developments.