Boris receives warm welcome on visit to London surgical hub

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits a surgical hub at the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre in Epsom. Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid a visit to a new surgical hub at the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre in Epsom today.

The South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre contains five state-of-the-art operating theatres and accepts patients from all over the UK and performs approximately 5,200 procedures a year, 3,000 of which are joint replacements.

Patients seemed delighted when the Prime Minister walked into the wards and immediately took to social media to express their excitement at meeting the PM.

One patient said:

“I can’t believe Boris just came in and just wished me a speedy recovery. He was so lovely. I wish he wasn’t going.”

Another said:

“Great to see Boris taking time out of his busy schedule to visit us. He looked well and seemed really upbeat. I can’t quite walk on my new hip just yet but he’s definitely put a spring in my step for when I do!”

And it wasn’t just patients who were pleased to see the PM. Members of staff flocked to the Prime Minister all vying to get photographs with him. A nurse on Instagram exclaimed:

“The centre was buzzing when BoJo arrived! I got a selfie with him and it’s Made my day.”

The Prime Minister received a warm welcome from medical staff and patients who were all keen to get selfies with him.

The PM said over 50 new surgical hubs will open across the country to help bust the COVID-19 backlogs and offer hundreds of thousands more patients quicker access to vital procedures.

Currently, 91 surgical hubs have already been opened, meaning that in total more than 140 hubs will be open across England by 2024 to 2025.

The new medical hubs will provide at least 100 more operating theatres and over 1,000 beds so people get the surgery they need. They will deliver almost two million extra routine operations to reduce waiting lists over the next three years, backed by £1.5 billion in government funding. This breaks down to over 200,000 extra procedures in 2022 to 2023, over 700,000 extra procedures in 2023 to 2024, and 1 million extra procedures by 2024 to 2025.

They will focus mainly on providing high volume low complexity surgery, as previously recommended by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, with particular emphasis on ophthalmology, general surgery, trauma and orthopaedics (including spinal surgery), gynaecology, ear nose and throat, and urology.

Located on existing hospital sites, surgical hubs bring together skills and expertise of staff under one roof – reducing waiting times for some of the most common procedures such as cataract surgeries and hip replacements. These operations can be performed quickly and effectively in one place. Improving quality and efficiency will mean patients have shorter waits for surgery, will be more likely to go home on the same day, and will be less likely to need additional treatment after surgery.

As the hubs are separated from emergency services, surgical beds are kept free for patients waiting for planned operations, reducing the risk of short-notice cancellations and improving infection control.

Pictures by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street

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  1. Can’t believe we’re losing this incredible man. Are the backstabbers and the 1922 Brady bunch going to rue the day!

  2. Boris has been our saviour over the past 2+ years, i wish with all my heart he will stay with us, no one come near to his ability to run this country,.
    He really needs a strong conservative team to support him, but unfortunately many have destroyed the party.

  3. The witch hunt to remove Boris was finally successful but he will remain in our hearts as the giant among pigmies. I sincerely hope he finds some high profile role to continue to uplift us. We will miss him sorely and the Conservative party will rue the day they got rid of him. He accepted his defenestration with generosity of spirit, good humour and no bitterness or recriminations. A sign of the great man he is.

  4. Every body loves Boris a great pm we will miss him and the tories will run the day they got rid of him it will be all down hill from now on tories are list now they will never get back to where they were with Boris

  5. Boris was the best Prime miniser we have had since Churchill in WW2 ! He was great with all his decisions and gave us all trust. He cares about people.The conservative MPs who planned. Getting rid of him behaved like like animals. Their criminal behaviour should be punished, get rid of them. Boris needs to get back as PM. We need him. The huge win he had shows how much he was liked and trusted


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