The President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Stephen Hammond, Member of Parliament for Wimbledon paid a visit to the Surgery Treatment Centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital last week (Friday 17 September).

The Surgery Treatment Centre, which opened its doors in June 2021, is providing surgical teams across south west London with protected theatre time to ensure patients waiting for routine procedures as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic get the treatment they need.

Professor Mortensen and Mr Hammond were given a tour of the centre along with Jacqueline Totterdell, Chief Executive of the Trust.

Mr Ben Ayres, Consultant Urological Surgeon and Care Group Lead for Urology, Dr Emma Evans, Consultant Anaesthetist, and Avelino Magallanes, Matron, provided a tour of the centre, which has four dedicated operating theatres and a recovery area for patients.

Jacqueline Totterdell, Chief Executive of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“It was a real pleasure to show Professor Mortensen and Stephen Hammond MP our fabulous new surgery day centre, which is making a real difference in helping to care for patients who have had their treatments delayed.

“They were both hugely impressed with what we’ve built in such a short time – thank you to all our teams involved in the centre, and to Ben, Emma and Alvin for giving us a tour.”

Professor Neil Mortensen, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England said:

“It was great to see today what is being achieved at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton to restore surgical services. I heard about some fantastic collaboration, with nursing, anaesthetic, surgical and management teams joining forces to find new ways of working.

“The surgical hub model has meant that planned surgery can more easily continue, in spite of the ongoing pressures caused by COVID-19. It’s been possible for some surgical training to happen again too, helping trainees to catch up on some of the time they missed last year. I was inspired by their commitment and their collaborative and innovative approach.”

Stephen Hammond MP, said:

“I was delighted to be able to visit the new surgery hub at Queen Mary’s Hospital. One of the pressing post pandemic issues is the need to address the elective and day Surgery backlog. The new surgery hub at Queen Mary’s will definitely help to reduce this problem in South West London.

“One of the most impressive features of this state of the art development is that it can provide the most appropriate and convenient access to treatment to patients. The new hub was constructed using the latest construction techniques at excellent value, this was achieved by cooperation across the local NHS and should be an exemplar for similar units.”