Operation success for The Perfect Week
22 February 2015
Around 25 members of non-theatre staff donned scrubs and surgical hats as they helped in a week long exercise devised by Southend Hospital recently to help enhance its theatres system.
Staff from across the hospital, including from areas such as IT
and recruitment, were deployed to take down any issues in their
designated areas and report them to silver command for solutions,
ultimately freeing up the theatre teams and ward staff to focus on
David Heaver, theatre manager, thanked all those people who took
part in the week-long event, commenting: "Perfect Week: Theatres
was an extremely enjoyable process; the smooth running of this week
was all down to each and every one of the staff involved. All the
staff in theatres possess the dedication, commitment and drive to
ensure that we learn and grow from this week and that we continue
to make our department the best it can be for the patients and for
all of the staff."
Paul Hepworth, the hospital's emergency planning and liaison
officer, was silver command during the exercise. He said: "Although
I have worked in the NHS for over 30 years, theatres is not my
normal area. It was especially good to see it around patient care
and the patient journey, as we should always work to improve the
experience of both the patients and staff."
There were a number of issues that came up during the week, some
of which were solved quickly and others that will take a bit of
The hospital are also looking into improvements for patients
waiting a long time on the day of their surgery, as well as how the
theatre system can be better used to audit and measure timings for
all surgical procedures.