Actress Sarah Parish officially opens new operating theatre

18th September 2012

The new fifth operating theatre at Spire Southampton Hospital was officially opened yesterday by popular television actress Sarah Parish.

Sarah has previously spent some time at the hospital observing surgery in preparation for her role as a heart surgeon in the drama series “Monroe”, which first aired in 2011 and will return to our screens for a second series next month.

Sarah is also well known for her roles in the popular television dramas Mistresses and Cutting It.

Sarah said, “It’s lovely to be invited back to the hospital to be a part of this special event. Any improvements that benefit a patient’s experience are really worthwhile so this new theatre is a great addition. The staff at Spire Southampton Hospital were very friendly and complete professionals, and it was great to see them again.”

Hospital Director Jane Whitney Smith said, “We are delighted to welcome Sarah back to the hospital for the theatre opening event. She is a popular face on the nation’s television screens and has worked with us before, so she seemed the perfect choice to come and cut the ribbon. We’re grateful to her for making time in her busy schedule for us.

“The new theatre has provided jobs for local people and means we can meet growing demand for operations, which has improved our level of service for patients.” 

The theatre was created using an innovative technique of building it away from the hospital site to minimise disruption for patients, staff and the local community, and it features a laminar flow air system. This ‘ultra clean’ air system further helps to reduce the risk of infection for patients undergoing surgery. 

The second series of Munroe starts on October 1.


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Sarah Parish opening our new operating theatre

In this picture: Mr Clifford Barlow - Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Sarah Parish, Jane Whitney-Smith - Hospital Director 

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