Excitement is building as work for the new operating theatre at Spire Southampton Hospital nears completion.
Construction work began in March, and the new theatre is due to be ready by early July 2012.
The surrounding structure has almost been finished and the theatre itself will be delivered as a modular unit in only a few weeks time. The unit arrives in three pieces that will be fitted together on site to create the theatre as a whole.
The unit is currently being created in Hull, and this innovative technique of building the theatre away from the hospital site has been used to minimise disruption for patients, staff and the local community.
The theatre features a laminar flow air system, as three of the four existing theatres do. This ‘ultra clean’ air system further helps to reduce the risk of infection for patients undergoing surgery.
The new theatre will also provide job opportunities. Spire Southampton Hospital is currently recruiting for a number of positions including Porters and Operating Department Practitioners.
Hospital Director Jane Whitney-Smith said: “We have been planning this new theatre for some time and to be nearing completion is very exciting. There is an ever increasing demand for surgical procedures and with the new theatre we can further improve our service level for patients.
“We work with some of the UK’s leading surgeons and specialists, and with the fifth theatre we believe the service we offer makes us the leading private hospital on the South Coast. Coming to Spire Southampton Hospital is the right choice for our patients, because we pride ourselves on excellence, from diagnosis to after care.”