The Theatres, Anaesthetics and Critical Care Directorate incorporates the Operating Departments, Day Surgery Units and Critical Care Unit at both Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals.

The Clinical Director for Theatres and Anaesthetics is Dr Mick Imrie, and Dr Barry Sellick is the Clinical Director for Critical Care. They are supported by Julie Hand, Matron for Theatres and Day Case Unit at St. Peter’s, Matron Jane Ryman for the Day Surgery Unit at Ashford and Den Hallet, Matron for Critical Care. The General Manager for the whole directorate is Jenny Johnson.

Operating Departments

St Peters Hospital

The Operating Department at St Peter's Hospital has 8 theatres, and a 12 bed recovery room.

Recovery Room St Peters Hospital

St Peters Hospital is the acute site, providing a 24 hour service for trauma and emergency surgery as well as elective surgery. We undertake a wide range of surgery including: general and vascular, urology, gynaecology, orthopaedics/trauma, maxillo facial, ophthalmology, ENT, chronic pain, and the emergency surgery.

The theatre department has recently been refurbished with an extra theatre added (theatre 8), a larger modernised recovery room for up to 12 patients, a new coffee room for the staff, plus storage areas and refurbished changing rooms.

New theatre 8 St Peters Hospital

At St Peters Hospitals there are two Sisters/ Team Leaders for surgery and recovery practice and two Team Leaders for the Anaesthetic practice.

Theatre Coffee room St Peters Hospital - ‘Isn’t this a great place to work’

Ashford Hospital

Ashford operating department has 5 theatres (3 with laminar airflow) in the main theatre unit. A newly refurbished Recovery unit can manage up to ten patients.

A Sister/ Team Leader, who has overall responsibilities for the care and safety of patients in the anaesthetic, theatre or recovery rooms, manages the area. The Sisters /Team Leader report directly to the Matron who in turn reports to the Business Centre Manager.

Ashford Hospital undertakes a wide range of elective surgery, both inpatient and day surgery including: general, vascular, urology, gynaecology, orthopaedics, oral, maxillo facial, ophthalmology, and chronic pain.

Working in the Department
Specialist Nurses

A Clinical Practice Educator supports nurses and ODP's at both Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals including Day Surgery and Endoscopy with staff development. There are many opportunities to develop skills, with surgical, anaesthetic, recovery, day surgery care and assistant to the surgeon development portfolios.

Newly qualified staff are encouraged to complete the Interdisciplinary development programme, which covers topics such as infection control, clinical risk and documentation, this programme is linked to the European Institute for Health and Medical Sciences and has been awarded 20 credits at degree level.

We offer many other study days and courses within the Trust, for example the 'Managers Toolkit,' Acute Skills study days etc as well as linking to the European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences for individual modules, diplomas and degrees

Our Clinical Governance Co-ordinator works closely with the Clinical Governance Lead for Anaesthetics providing support for all staff within the Anaesthetic Business Unit on Governance issues, including incident reporting, audit and effectiveness and complaints.

Root cause analysis training is offered by the trust supported by the Clinical Governance Coordinator for senior members of staff.

The Acute Pain Team provides support and education to patients and staff at both Ashford & St. Peter's Hospitals.

Student Nurse and Student ODP's

In theatres on both sites we support diploma and degree level student Nurses and diploma level student ODP's who are studying with the European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey.

The Trust also supports students participating in post-registration diploma, degree and other professional course in either anaesthetics, surgery or recovery and day surgery and overseas nurses undertaking a period of supervised practice prior to registration with the NMC. Health Care Assistants (Theatre Assistants) are facilitated to complete NVQ level 3 in Perioperative Support.

Commitment to New Staff

All new employees have a mentor/ preceptor during the initial stages of their employment.

A personalised induction/orientation programme is developed between the new member of staff and the mentor to ensure they can meet the requirements of their job as soon as possible.

The Trust Induction is a 3 day programme which includes a professional nursing day, manual handling, Fire and resuscitation.

A personal professional development plan is agreed to ensure that staff gain the experience required for their job and have the opportunity to pursue any areas of development required for their role.

On one ˝ day each month an educational ˝ day session is provided for staff, during this time meetings are held followed by relevant lectures to practice and mandatory training.

Further Information

For information or to arrange an informal visit please contact:

Julie Hand, Matron, Theatres and Day Surgery Unit

St. Peter’s Hospital Direct Line - 01932 723441.

Jane Ryman, Matron, Theatres and Day Surgery Unit

Ashford Hospital Direct Line – 01784 884188.