Plans for three new operating theatres at Nottingham City Hospital designed to cut patient waiting times for planned treatment have been approved.
The £35m scheme will help more than 4,700 patients get care sooner.
Money for the project has been provided by the Government for Nottingham University Hospitals Trust (NUH).
The plans have now been approved by Nottingham City Council planning officers.
Over 4,700 additional patients each year in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will receive their planned operations and procedures sooner, thanks to a two-phase £35million initiative at Nottingham University Hospital’s NHS Trust (NUH).
An elective ‘hub’, which will include a day-case facility, three operating theatres and additional 24 in-patient beds, is being developed at NUH’s City Hospital site, adjacent to the main theatres.
Funded by the Government’s Targeted Investment Fund (TIF), the first phase of the ‘hub’ will provide 24 ring-fenced elective inpatient beds and will be in operation this winter.
Planning for the next stage – the day-case facility and three operating theatres – is in progress, with the scheme expected to be completed by winter 2024.
Duncan Hanslow, NUH Programme Director for Reconfiguration, said: “This funding has given us the opportunity to continue to reduce the backlog of people in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire waiting for planned procedures, as well as minimising the risk of cancellations.
“The design of the new facilities has been developed through extensive engagement with stakeholders and colleagues across NUH.
“In addition to supporting the delivery of high-quality, safe, efficient and effective care for patients, both now and in the future, the ‘hub’ will also provide an excellent working space for staff.”
Duncan added: “This new scheme very much aligns with our future vision for elective care – to create a centre of excellence at the City Hospital site, ensuring that these services are able to be accessed by all our patients, when they need them.”
The elective hub complements other recent developments at City Hospital, which include a new surgical ward that was completed in August and a further theatre suite that is expected to become operational this winter.
The elective hub complements other recent developments at City Hospital, the trust says.
These include a new surgical ward that was completed in August and a further theatre suite that is expected to become operational this winter.