Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre in Plymouth will expand its Choose and Book treatment portfolio to include hernia surgery and laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), it has been announced.
The hospital plans to accept its first outpatients for these treatments in the week commencing 7th September.
Hernia surgery is a low-risk procedure and is used to repair the damage caused when fatty tissue or a part of the bowel, such as the intestine, pokes through into the groin at the top of the inner thigh. Patients usually go home on the day of surgery.
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the gallbladder using so-called ‘keyhole’ surgery. Recovery is quicker than an open surgical option and, again, patients usually go home on the day of surgery.
Patients who would like to receive this treatment at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre should first speak to their GPs and seek a referral for treatment. An outpatient appointment at Peninsula will follow the referral, and from the time of referral patients should find themselves in for treatment within 18 weeks.
The new treatments are led by Mr Kenneth Hosie, an experienced general surgeon with special interests in surgical training and assessment, coloproctology, surgical gastroenterology, surgical oncology and advanced laparoscopic surgery. He is also Medical Director at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre.
He said: “We are delighted to be able to expand the number of procedures we can provide patient at Peninsula, to include hernia surgery and laparoscopic cholecystectomy. We have already carried out a number of similar general surgical procedures as part of our support to Derriford Hospital, but this is the first time that patients can choose to have these treatments with us.”
Patricia Warwick, Hospital Director at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre, added: “We are excited about these new procedures and we are confident that patients who come to us to receive them will be as happy as those who have attended for our other treatments, including orthopaedic and cataract surgery. Our remit is to provide the highest standards of care to our patients while adding value and capacity to the local NHS, as well as extra choice for patients. We look forward to welcoming our first hernia surgery and laparoscopic cholecystectomy patients on 7th September.”