Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital has become the centre for vascular surgery in Lincolnshire.
The site was recently approved as the specialised vascular centre for the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, providing inpatient surgery for those suffering conditions of the arteries and veins, such as aneurysms, thrombosis and varicose veins.
Major building work has taken place to prepare the hospital to take on its new status, including a state-of-the-art outpatient and vascular diagnositcs laboratory facility. The development includes two consulting suites, treatment rooms and three diagnostics rooms.
All diagnostic work will now be completed there, and one-stop clinics will be developed over the coming months.
The laboratory has high-tech vascular scanners and other equipment such as ankle brachial pressure monitoring system and treadmill. Additional dedicated clinical vascular scientists have been recruited and the complete workforce will be in place by February 2013.
Specialist staff have also been employed and based in the new facility, who will support patients through their treatment.
A dedicated vascular ward has been chosen at the hospital, which will have 24 beds specifically for the purpose of treating vascular patients. Four of the beds in ward 5B are being developed as critical care beds.
Consultant vascular surgeon Jayarama Mohan said: “The new vascular centre is a one stop facility which enables patients to be seen, have dressings done if required and be scanned all in one place for their convenience. This is a fantastic development for Pilgrim hospital and for Lincolnshire. In future we are hoping to combine diabetes clinics and vascular so more patients get the benefits.”