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Good news for residents as hospital expands services

Posted onPosted on 31st Mar

The future is looking bright for Newark Hospital as more services are reintroduced.

In a 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 the first patient for nearly seven years underwent an elective laparoscopic hernia repair, which is 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, has been reintroduced as part of the 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, Sutton.

This type of surgery joins a range of operations that are now available at Newark Hospital, including hip replacements, knee replacements, treatment for joints and other orthopaedic procedures, many of which were reintroduced in September 2020 after a similar period of unavailability.

The divisional general manager for surgery at the trust, 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 reintroduce 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.”