Old meets new: Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford opens new £42m hospital

OXFORD, UK - 23rd March 2007: World-class specialist orthopaedic hospital, the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford, yesterday welcomed the Rt Hon David Cameron, MP on a private visit as it opened the doors of its £42m new hospital to patients and the public.

* Extends 140 year history of excellence into 21st century care *

OXFORD, UK – 23rd March 2007: World-class specialist orthopaedic hospital, the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford, yesterday welcomed the Rt Hon David Cameron, MP on a private visit as it opened the doors of its £42m new hospital to patients and the public.  

The new hospital - a private finance initiative - replaces virtually all of the NOC’s older buildings, some of which date back 50 years or more.  Newly installed, state-of-the-art technology and services are set to further the NOC’s reputation as a world-leading centre of orthopaedic medicine and research.

Jan Fowler, Acting Chief Executive of the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust, said: “The opening of the new NOC hospital will support our staff in providing an even higher standard of care in a hospital which is already regarded as world-class.  The standard of medical care we can now provide is exceptional.  With these advances, patients can expect to enjoy the very best in orthopaedic healthcare – whether they come from Oxfordshire, elsewhere in the UK or overseas.”

Highlights of the new hospital, designed by architects RTKL, include:
-        The world’s first room-sized 360 degree MRI scanner – which is particularly important for claustrophic patients unable to use standard ‘tunnel’ scanners
-        New facilities for the NOC’s Bone Infection Unit: Europe’s only dedicated unit of its kind
-        Dedicated paediatric wing - for the first time, the NOC will offer its younger patients their own specially designed facilities including a gym, schoolroom, and living accommodation for parents/carers of longer term patients
-        A new dedicated day surgery ward which will double capacity to ten beds – decreasing day surgery waiting times and, with its own separate entrance, reducing infection risks for patients
-        Easy-to-clean design throughout to maintain the NOC’s achievement of some of the lowest MRSA/ Clostriduim infection rates in the country
-        Three new digital x-ray machines

The new building is now fully operational and is located on the NOC’s existing site in Headington, Oxford.

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