Opportunities for nurse training and mentorship in new vascular ward as hybrid theatre development gathers pace

Work on a dedicated 18-bed vascular ward at the hospital is also nearing completion.

Both developments, which will support the new network model for providing vascular care in North Wales, are on course to complete in the Spring.
 
The ward development is also one of the final milestones in the comprehensive redevelopment of the wider Glan Clwyd Hospital site.
 
The new hybrid theatre will allow a full range of vascular procedures to be carried out in a single room. It will be equipped with the latest medical imaging devices, meaning theatre and radiology staff can work together, with patients benefiting from imaging and minimally invasive surgical procedures at the same time and in the same place.
 
The new ward will meet the latest working and infection prevention standards, and provide a dedicated resource for caring for the most seriously ill vascular patients from across North Wales.
 
It will be located adjacent to the hybrid theatre, and co-located near to existing surgical wards at the hospital, improving the opportunity for shared learning between relevant specialties.
 
Jan Garnett, Head of Nursing for General Surgery at Glan Clwyd, said: “Work is progressing really well on the development of the vascular ward.
 
“We are now in the process of recruiting nurses with experience in vascular care to come and be part of a really exciting new service for the hospital.”
 
“The new ward will provide an opportunity for us to offer dedicated training and mentorship to a nursing team which will help us modernise the way vascular services are provided in North Wales.”
 
“It will be a fitting home for a team of nurses to develop an exciting new service.”
 
The new ward will provide an excellent opportunity for nurses to gain dedicated mentorship and expertise in the care of our vascular patients.
 
The theatre development has also been supported by a legacy of more than £500,000 from the Livsey Trust. The charitable trust, set up in memory of former Rhos-on-Sea residents Robert and Flora Livsey, supports services at Glan Clwyd Hospital.
 
The network model for vascular surgery was recommended in an invited review by the Royal College of Surgeons, and follows best practice across the UK.
 
Dr Evan Moore, Executive Medical Director for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “The investment in a hybrid theatre will give us the best facilities possible to care for patients from across North Wales in need of complex vascular surgery.
“Developing both the theatre and the dedicated vascular ward at Glan Clwyd Hospital, will also support the training of specialist vascular staff, contributing to a robust, sustainable service for North Wales residents.”
 
Both projects are being carried out by construction and engineering company Laing O’Rourke, which has overseen the redevelopment work at Glan Clwyd Hospital which began in 2011.
 
The wider redevelopment project has seen a significant amount of new developments and refurbishment work take place throughout the hospital.
 
Improvements have included a new emergency department, 11 new theatres and two new theatre recovery areas, a new Critical Care Unit, a new Day of Surgery Arrivals area, refurbished areas in Radiology, and a new facility for the General Anaesthetic Community Dental Services.