Future bright for Newark Hospital as more services are re-introduced
In a new boost for residents in Newark and Sherwood, more new surgical procedures have taken place at Newark Hospital for the first time since 2014.
In March 2021 the first patient for nearly seven years underwent an elective laparoscopic hernia repair allowing local patients to be treated much closer to home.
The procedure, which is performed by keyhole surgery with three small incisions being made into which special surgical instruments are inserted to allow the surgeon to pull the hernia back into place, was reintroduced as part of Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust’s restoration plan following reduced services due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Residents in the Newark area can now have the day case surgery closer to home instead of travelling to King’s Mill Hospital.
This type of surgery joins a range of operations that are now available at their local hospital including hip replacements, knee replacements, treatment for joints and other orthopaedic procedures many of which were re-introduced in September 2020 after a similar period of unavailability.
Divisional general manager for surgery at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, Steve Jenkins, said: “The introduction of another surgical procedure is good news for local patients, and we are delighted that we have been able to re-introduce this surgery and broaden the number of procedures that patients in Newark are able to have closer to home.
"In addition to the elective surgical procedures that we were able to introduce last year it further underlines the Trust’s commitment to Newark Hospital.
"That we are able to reintroduce this surgery during a pandemic shows the tremendous improvements that have been made by the trust and the commitments of colleagues in providing outstanding care for our local communities.”
Sherwood Forest Hospitals is an award-winning NHS Foundation Trust providing acute and community healthcare services for 420,000 people across Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark, Sherwood and parts of Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.
It employs over 5,000 people across three hospital sites - King’s Mill, Newark and Mansfield Community.