We have 15 theatres at Great Western Hospital of which seven
have special ventilation systems for Orthopaedic joint
surgery. We perform around 17,000 operations a year, either
as emergency, trauma or planned surgery. Operations are performed
for both inpatients and outpatients and we work closely with our Day Surgery Unit
to ensure patients get the best possible care during their
After surgery, most patients are taken to a dedicated recovery
area that includes four beds for children.
Our Theatre staff are a skilled, dedicated team with specialist
practitioners in General Surgery, Urology, Gynaecology, Ophthalmics, Ears, Nose and Throat,
Vascular and Trauma and Orthopaedics and provide high quality care
to all our patients. We have dedicated theatres for Emergency
and Trauma surgery which offer a 24 hour service.
If you are having Day Surgery (ie going home
the day of your operation), you will be asked to arrive at 8.00am
or at 11.00am on the morning of their operation at the Day Surgery Unit
on the 1st floor of Great Western Hospital.
If you are having Orthopaedic
surgery, you may be asked to come to the Theatres Admission Lounge
which is located next to main Theatres Reception desk on the 1st
floor of the main hospital. Most patients who are expected to
stay in hospital after their operation, will be asked to come to
the ward that will care for them either on the day of surgery or
beforehand, depending on the type of operation they are having.
A leaflet and/or letter will be sent to you advising you where
you should go when the operation is booked. This will also
give instructions about pre-operative fasting and is an important
element of preparation for surgery.
The Operating Theatres Department is headed by a Matron for
Theatres and Day
Surgery, who is responsible for clinical care, health and
safety, quality and improvement and staffing.
A Deputy General Manager is responsible for non-clinical
practices like stock management, service improvement and
Each group of operations (collectively known as specialties) are
led by Clinical Team Managers, responsible for the nurses working
in that specialty and clinical practice.
We also have a small team of administrative staff, who take care
of reception, data management, stock control, clinic support and
We work closely with colleagues in Anaesthetics, Day Surgery, Intensive Care and the Hospital
Decontamination and Sterilisation Unit.
For appointments and cancellations, contact the Booking
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