Kent and Medway
A new multimillion-pound theatre complex opening in spring 2024
providing three operating theatres and 24 dedicated surgical beds
for patients having planned orthopaedic surgery.
About the Centre
A new multimillion-pound theatre complex at Maidstone Hospital for patients undergoing planned orthopaedic surgery.
- Three open plan laminar flow theatres
- 14-bed inpatient ward
- 10-trolley day case ward
- Recovery, x-ray and therapy space
- Dedicated reception and staff/patient entry
- Its own admission and discharge lounge
Part of a national scheme to deliver more than 50 new surgical hubs across England, the Centre is separate from the main Hospital building and Emergency Department. Once complete, the building will be known as the Kent and Medway Orthopaedic Centre and will treat patients from across the region, increasing the Trust’s capacity for planned surgical procedures.
Patients will be seen via a GP referral to the Musculoskeletal service (MSK). From there, they will be offered the choice of travelling to the Centre for their surgery, or staying in their local trust. The benefits of care in a state-of-the-art centre – and a potentially a shorter wait for treatment – will appeal to many.
Patients will arrive through the reception area where they will be shown through to the day case ward. Once there, they will be prepared for their surgery and taken through to the theatres for their operation. After the surgery they will be recovered in the dedicated recovery and either taken back to the day case ward if they are going home, or to the inpatient ward if they need to stay overnight.
Patient flow will be overseen by the Centre Manager and the Flow Coordinator who will liaise with the Centre’s physiotherapists and occupational therapists to ensure all patients have a safe and timely discharge. When ready to be discharged, patients will wait in the KMOC discharge lounge for collection from the Centre.
- Porters, cleaners – specialised in cleaning the laminar air flow system – and dedicated domestic staff to protect infection control
- Catering staff to serve hot meals, drinks and snacks
- Healthcare Support Workers (HCSWs)
- Theatre Nurses, Theatre support workers (TCSWs) and ODPs
- Registered Nurses (RNs), Nursing Associates (NAs) and Senior Staff Nurses (Junior Sister or Charge Nurse)
- Surgical Care Practitioners (SCP)
- Receptionists, ward clerks, a flow coordinator and admin team leader
- Unit doctor (RMO)
- Occupational Therapists
- Pharmacist and pharmacy staff
- Materials management staff
“The development of the Kent and Medway Orthopaedic Centre will expand the Trust’s surgical capacity and enable patients in the region to access expert care faster.”
Miles Scott, Chief Executive