Pinehill Hospital has four operating theatres with a team of dedicated and competent staff. All theatres have a laminar flow system which changes and filters the air in the operating theatres hundreds of times per minute. This makes the operating theatres ultra clean. To maintain this consistent high level a Consultant Microbiologist participates in the Hospital Infection Control Team and advises on all relevant issues. Microbiology reports are analysed and collated to determine any indicators of hospital acquired infection.
The department’s activity is predominately elective surgery and currently operates on the following areas:
- Breast / reconstructive surgery
- General surgery
- Pain management
- Cardio version
- Colorectal surgery
- Reconstructive surgery
- Cosmetic surgery
- Spinal surgery
- Ear, Nose and Throat
- Oral Maxillo facial Urology
Our day unit is fully equipped to cater for patients undergoing procedures where a bedroom or overnight stay is not required.
This facility ensures patients spend a reduced amount of time at the hospital, where clinically appropriate, and can return to their normal activities as soon as possible.
Pinehill is a 24 bedded hospital divided into two wards. All private patient rooms have en-suite bathroom facilities. Patients are looked after by trained nurses supported by healthcare assistants.
All patients must be admitted under the care of a Consultant. A Resident Medical Officer is available 24 hours a day for on site medical support. We have a Matron, Senior Nurse Managers and Senior Nurse Specialists for Cosmetic/Plastic surgery and Orthopedics, and Breast Care. Nationally the hospital acquired infection rate (all infections) is 5%. (National Audit Office), however at Pinehill this figure is 0.2%.
All patients undergoing major surgery are screened at our Pre-Admission clinic for MRSA. If a patient is transferred in from another hospital, the patient will be MRSA swabbed and barrier nursed until we have clear results. All of our staff are also trained to understand the importance of hand washing when dealing with patients.
Urgent admission policy
Admissions for urgent cases can be arranged by the senior nurse on duty and must be agreed by the Hospital Matron, they will contact the appropriate consultant and discuss facilitating admission for the Patient. Pinehill can arrange a private ambulance if required, but usually this is done by the patient or relatives of the patient. The cost of the ambulance (if not covered by the patient’s own insurance company) must be paid by the patient. However, ambulance transfer from a Trust Hospital is normally free of charge.