Spire Hartswood Hospital in Brentwood has announced plans to build a new operating theatre to carry out up to 1,500 operations a year for both private and NHS patients.
Brentwood Borough Council has approved the plans and building work is due to start in May. The new facilities will open to patients in November 2016.
“The new theatre will be our fourth operating theatre and will provide much needed extra space to meet increased demand from patients who want to have their treatment with us,” commented Mark Gilmour, Hospital Director.
In addition to the operating theatre itself, there will be a patient lounge and five comfortable recovery ‘pods’ for patients who need to stay for a few hours.
“Already over 80% of our patients have surgery and go home on the same day and the new facility is ideally suited to this. It will be mainly used by patients having cataract (eye) surgery, pain injections, minor ‘lumps and bumps’, dermatology and skin cancer procedures.
"In turn, it will free up space in our other operating theatres for longer-stay operations such as hip and knee replacement and complex internal surgery,” added Mr Gilmour.