Media Release

Sandringham Unit celebrates one year anniversary

The Sandringham Unit, an elective surgical unit at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust (QEH) which has been central to the Trust’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery programme, this week marks its one-year anniversary.

The former private hospital became part of the QEH estate in September 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the space of 12 months 4,105 patients have benefited from this superb facility.

The unit, which was operationalised within four weeks of the purchase, has been an elective surgical ward during the pandemic, which enabled clinically-urgent surgery to continue. Offering an additional 28 beds and a further two operating theatres, this facility is an integral part of QEH’s elective recovery programme.

Since opening the Sandringham Unit has received positive feedback from patients.

Feedback gathered through the anonymous Friends and Family Test, includes:

‘Absolutely first-class care from start to finish. Nothing too much trouble.’

‘Staff all great couldn’t do enough for me and all most helpful and very prompt if asked for anything.’

Superb stay. So kind and thoughtful. Put me completely at ease.’

Caroline Shaw CBE, Chief Executive at QEH, commented: “It’s absolutely fantastic to celebrate the one-year anniversary of our acquisition of the former Sandringham Hospital. To have purchased the hospital and re-opened it as an elective surgical facility within four weeks at the height of the pandemic is a tremendous achievement and has significantly helped with our ongoing elective recovery. I’d like to say a big thank you to all of the teams who work in the Sandringham Unit for their commitment to delivering an excellent patient experience, as evidenced by the patient feedback we receive from multiple sources demonstrating the importance of superb facilities when it comes to delivering an outstanding patient experience.”

Dr Samuel Bass, Consultant Anaesthetist at QEH, commented: “Having the Sandringham as part of the Trust has enabled us to continue our elective capacity and urgent cancer work despite the restrictions around Covid and has proved an invaluable resource for the safety of the patients that we treat.”


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