New service: St Cross now offers ear, nose and throat operations

Patients interested in being seen at St Cross should speak to their GP
Patients interested in being seen at St Cross should speak to their GP

For the first time ever patients can now use the Hospital of St Cross for Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) operations.

Patients are used to visiting the hospital in Rugby when they need routine orthopaedic operations and other surgical procedures, but now the hospital’s six theatres are also being used for ENT surgery.

And 42 patients have already had their nasal or throat surgery at St Cross, with more booked in over the coming months.

The Trust says this is just the latest step to make more services available at the Hospital of St Cross.

In June, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust reported that patients from Rugby were able to choose the hospital for treatment for common eye condition wet age-related macular degeneration.

Craig Bees, from Northampton, who was one of the first patients to have ENT surgery at the Trust, said: “I chose the Hospital of St Cross for my Septoplasty procedure, because I’d heard good things. I actually chose it over Northampton General, which is my local hospital.

“I was really pleasantly surprised by the surgery. I was in and out the same day, and everything was as the team had described. The staff were really professional and put me at ease before and after the surgery.

“I’d thoroughly recommend the Hospital of St Cross to anyone else who needed ear, nose or throat surgery.”

Peter Dekker, Consultant Surgeon, said: “We’re delighted that we can now offer patients the chance to have a number of ENT procedures at the Hospital of St Cross.

“UHCW NHS Trust is committed to expanding services at the hospital and offering patients in the Rugby area a choice of treatment closer to their homes.

“These ENT procedures are available as day surgery, so with less distance to travel, patients can get back home even sooner after their operation.”

Patients who would be interested in having their surgery at the Hospital of St Cross should speak to their GP about the choices available to them.