QEII Hospital to receive million pound investment

Exterior of Lister Hospital in Stevenage and the New QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City.

“Investing in more treatment space and technology will help us to treat more people, more quickly." - Credit: East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust has been awarded £6.88 million in investment. 

The money, which comes from the Department of Health and Social Care, will "increase the number of operations carried out every day" and buy new technology to improve efficiency.

Welwyn Garden City's New QEII Hospital and Stevenage's Lister Hospital will benefit from the investment.

Three new procedure rooms will be built in QEII and Lister Hospitals. This will "allow a greater number of simple procedures to take place during the day with no need for an overnight stay".

QEII patients will also benefit from a specialist digital system for the ophthalmology (eye specialist) service, which hopes to streamline processes.

A third surgical robot will be purchased for Lister Hospital, allowing certain complex procedures to be done with minimal invasion, with far quicker and less painful recovery times.

Urology surgeons with the da Vinci Xi robot

Urology surgeons with the da Vinci Xi robot. - Credit: East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

This means "less time in hospital and less scarring – and often a reduced need for follow-up chemotherapy".