DORSET County Hospital’s newly refurbished day surgery unit has been hailed as a ‘superb facility’ for patients.

The unit was officially reopened following a refurbishment project aimed at improving patient experiences.

Divisional director of surgery Dr Oliver Tweedie said: “I think that over the last three to four years that day surgery at Dorset County Hospital has been transformed.

“One of our goals is to put the patient first, and we believe that we do this by increasing access to day case surgery.

“We believe we can provide better patient care and a better experience through our day unit.

“I believe we have achieved a purpose designed unit by redeveloping on our existing footprint with a modest investment.”

Dr Tweedie said the new development will provide single sex wards and better patient flows, leading to better utilisation of stall that will enable the ward to increase its capacity by 25 per cent.

He said: “Without increased staff costs we are able to provide day surgery facilities to more patients than ever before.”

Dr Tweedie went on to thank the staff at the unit for their support for the refurbishment project.

He said: “Without their belief in the day surgery ideals and commitment to patient care this would not be possible.

“They have all embraced new techniques, technologies and new ways of working.”

Senior sister at the day surgery unit Rachel Wood said that single sex environment and updated facilities would lead to a more pleasant stay for patients.

She said: “It was the right decision to make for the patients involved.”

President of the British Association of Day Surgery Dr Mark Skues was invited to the hospital to officially open the refurbished unit.

He was clearly impressed by what he saw after taking a tour of the facilities.

Dr Skues said: “I had a look around and it’s always impressive to see the way hospitals are taking forward day surgery.

“This refurbishment looks excellent.

“I think this is going to be a superb facility.”