Newark Hospital is an important and much-loved part of health care in the Newark and Sherwood area and the NHS is committed to increasing the number and type of treatments and services we offer.
During 2015 and 2016 a number of services were introduced, including non-complex breast surgery, blood transfusions and treatments specifically to support people with long-term conditions.
More recently the mobile MRI scanner has increased its presence at Newark to two days a month and we have introduced new clinical pathways [services] to treat cellulitis (a potentially serious infection of the skin), deep-vein thrombosis (DVT or blood clots) as well as some types of falls and overdoses.
This builds on the completion of a £700,000 investment in the hospital’s urgent care centre and increased links with the community through greater involvement from family doctors. The out-of-hours GP service is located alongside the Urgent Care Centre.
The strategy for Newark Hospital has been drawn up with guidance from the Newark Healthy Communities Partnership Group, which includes Newark Town Council, charity and volunteer groups, public stakeholders and NHS and local authority health and social care providers.
The group’s brief is to ensure the best use of the hospital site as an integral part of the wider health community.
Figures for activity at Newark show that:
- Outpatient attendances at Newark Hospital site between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 rose by 3,652 — just over 6.5%.
- During the same period, radiology services attendances rose by 1,508 — more than 5%.
- In that time, 617 more operating theatre procedures were carried out —an increase of 9% on the previous year.
- The Urgent Care Centre had 1,256 more attendances — an increase of 6% on 2015.
The vision confirms that emergency treatment will be provided at specialist centres in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Lincoln or Nottingham, where there is appropriate anaesthetic and surgical back-up to provide 24-hour emergency cover.