Work on a £14m expansion of our Elective Surgical Hub at King George Hospital, which will include two new theatres, is taking shape.
Work got underway last November and with the foundations, concrete floor and substructure complete, the outline of the new building is emerging.
Watch our video to see how things have progressed so far this year, you can also see photos showing our progress below.
The expansion, which also includes upgraded staff facilities, improved storage, and double the number of recovery beds, is due to be completed by next spring. Once operational, the new theatres will allow us to undertake 100 additional operations each week, helping us to further reduce our waiting lists.
Our contractors from Neilcott are currently completing the concrete frame and have finished the structure of the ground floor, where staff changing, storage and office facilities will be based, as well as the first floor, where the new theatres will be. They’re now working on the top floor, which is where the plant with behind-the-scenes machinery will be located.
Once the outside of the building is complete, our contractors will work on turning the inner shell into specific rooms. Internal works within the existing hub will take place from July to reconfigure spaces and make the recovery area much larger.
Vikki Butler, Director of Clinical Services Reconfiguration, said: “Work has been underway for several months now so it’s an exciting time to see the shape of the building begin to form.
“This is a huge investment for local people and once completed, these new, modern facilities will help future proof our hub, allowing it to house the latest technology, including surgical robotics.”