We care for our patients by making sure operations are carried out in the safest, most modern surroundings. If you choose to have an operation at our hospital you will be treated as an individual with your own health care needs.
All of our patients are treated in a non-biased and non-judgemental way, with every patient’s beliefs and culture being respected.
Our team is always looking for ways to improve our service. We keep up-to-date with current research and progress as well as assessing and reviewing our skills.
Although our patients are generally from within east and north Hertfordshire, patients from other areas can choose to be referred to one of our hospitals.
We perform several different types of operations in our inpatient and day surgery theatres.
We can care for patients in the following surgical specialities:
- General surgery
- Elective orthopaedics
- Trauma orthopaedics
- Emergency surgery
- Urology (including robotic surgery)
- Ear, nose and throat
- Plastic surgery
- Ophthalmology (eye)
- Vascular surgery
- Pain service
Prostatectomy – Robotic surgery
Our operating theatres are one of a few theatres within the country to carry out robotic surgery. The system is the first totally intuitive laparoscopic surgical robot in existence. We use the robot for laparoscopic radical prostatectomy and pyloroplasty.
We are also the first in the UK to use a radio emission laser or evolve biolitec laser for prostatectomy’s within day surgery.
We are continually developing the use of minimally invasive procedures in all types of surgery. All of these techniques help reduce the length of hospital stay for patients.
Visiting our theatres
Members of our community can come to visit our theatres. However, this is by appointment only because of infection control and patient confidentiality. If you would like to arrange a visit, please call our switchboard on 01438 314 333 and ask to
Our theatre team has:
- Operating department practitioners
- Assistant theatre practitioners
- Clinical support workers
Our theatre staff are supported by a management team, administration team and other support services within the hospital such as radiography, pathology and estates.
We have strong links with the University of Hertfordshire and the University of Bedfordshire to help support our staff’s personal development. Our qualified theatre staff who have diplomas and degrees are encouraged and supported in taking post registration qualifications.
Support staff are encouraged to take NVQ qualifications in Peri-operative care and health care. We are also currently working on a foundation degree for our assistant practitioners.
As with many large hospitals our theatre department has a clear career structure. We support our staff who want to develop their career within our department. Find out more about a carrer in the NHS: