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Newark Hospital saw 4,000 more patients over past year

A health chief says big steps have been taken to expand the services at Newark Hospital, resulting in thousands of extra patients appointments.

Over the past year there were 37,700 clinic appointments ­— 4,000 more than the previous year ­— meaning more patients are getting their care closer to home.

Assistant chief operating officer for the hospital Mr Ant Rosevear said it had been a positive year, with a real focus put on providing more services to patients who live locally.

CT Lead Radiographer Mrs Fiona Logue with patient. (5720262)
CT Lead Radiographer Mrs Fiona Logue with patient. (5720262)

“We have done a lot of work with our partners and GPs in the area to ensure that Newark Hospital is offered to patients if it is an option for them to have their treatment here,” he said.

“This has resulted in huge increases of use in our services and has provided many patients with the opportunity to have treatment just down the road from them, rather than them having to travel further afield.”

The CT imaging activity has more than doubled with an extra 166 patients a month using the service.

There has also been a massive increase in people having MRI scanning at Newark with an extra 219 patients a month ­— a 800% increase.

In October the hospital saw its highest monthly activity in surgery in more than two years with 308 surgery day case procedures taking place.

Mr Rosevear said they had taken big steps to expand their services and make things better and easier for patients at Newark.

“I am really proud that we have been able to achieve this,” he said.

“We know there is more to be done and we plan to bring even more services to Newark Hospital in the coming years.”

More than £1m has been invested in improvements to facilities and infrastructure. It has included improvements to theatre lighting and an upgraded generator.

“The new infrastructure has future-proofed the hospital and emphasised its long-term importance within the Newark community,” he said.

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