South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have published the first images of the Friarage Hospital’s new surgical hub, after the Department of Health and Social Care gave the £35.5m project the go-ahead last month.
The new “state-of-the-art” development at the Friarage will equip the hospital with a set of new operating theatres that will almost double the number of planned operations it carries out – going from 5,000 per year to nearly 10,000.
The trust expect the new build to replace the more than 60-years-old Mowbray building, ultimately paving a way for new investment and a new estate that will improve patient care and outcomes.
James Dunbar, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s clinical collaborative chair for the Friarage and community services, said: “The Friarage is thriving and new surgical hub is just the latest in a series of clinically-led developments at the hospital which will serve our patients for decades to come.”
Plans for the new theatres have been led by the trust’s most experienced clinicians, who are now drawing up a full business case for the next stage of the NHS approval process. Hambleton District Council have already granted the trust preliminary planning permission for the project, with a full planning application due to be submitted this week.
More information on the new surgical hub is available here.