A new Treatment and Investigation Unit has opened at the County Hospital in Stafford.
It will provide same-day medical investigations and treatments to patients, meaning that people from Stafford and the surrounding areas will now be treated at County Hospital rather than travel to Stoke.
The six-month pilot of the nurse-led TIU will provide dedicated facilities for patients who require treatments such as intravenous blood transfusions and also perform supervised specialist investigations such as tolerance tests.
People with conditions related to gastroenterology, diabetes, endocrinology, respiratory, multiple sclerosis and many other medical conditions will benefit from rapid access to the service.
As well as an improved patient experience, this service will free up beds for those needing an inpatient stay. It is anticipated that treating patients at the unit will free up enough capacity for County Hospital to treat an additional 350 day case patients who require different procedures per year. An additional 500 day case patients at Royal Stoke could also be treated per year.
Mark Hackett, Chief Executive, said: “This is another example of the promise we made to the people of Stafford and the surrounding areas to provide high quality, timely care close to their homes. So far, nine medical procedures will be performed in the unit for patients with a potential for more to follow after an evaluation of the six month pilot. I’m confident that our patients will see the enormous benefits of this unit.”