First North West patient at County bariatric service

The Bariatric Surgery service at County Hospital has successfully operated on its first patient from outside Staffordshire as it continues to grow its excellent reputation.

The service, which has been set up as a 'centre of excellence' at the North Midlands Institute of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, is now treating patients from across Staffordshire and further afield. This follows the surgery service moving from Royal Stoke University Hospital to County Hospital in December 2016 and builds on the success of the service for patients in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Mr Vittal Rao, Consultant Bariatric Surgeon, said: "It's fantastic for us to be able to welcome patients from further afield as it highlights the excellent service that we're providing. The opportunity to treat patients from outside of our locality has come after the team were invited to set up a number of clinics in the North-West and since then we have been working with patients to get them ready for Bariatric Surgery. In the months to come we hope to welcome more patients from the North West to County Hospital for their surgery.

"We have now grown our reputation and because of that patients are happy to travel the significant distance from the North West to County Hospital to have their treatment, which is a tribute to the service we provide."

In addition to now providing this service to patients from outside of Staffordshire, Mr Rao is keen to stress that the service is still very much one that is here for local patients aswell.

"We managed to build the reputation we have now by achieving fantastic results and outcomes for patients from Staffordshire with over 200 operations completed since the service moved to County, so we're committed to continuing to provide this service for local people. We're really banging the drum for County Hospital and showcasing the hospital to people from across the UK so hopefully that will help showcase the brilliant work that goes on here day to day."