Plans for a new, purpose-built operating theatres block at Hinchingbrooke Hospital have been approved by Huntingdonshire District Council.
The approval marks the latest milestone on the hospital’s journey to provide new facilities to enhance the experience of patients requiring surgery at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.
Caroline Walker, Chief Executive Officer at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Hinchingbrooke, said: “We are delighted that Huntingdonshire District Council has backed our plans to transform the operating theatre facilities at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. This is another important milestone for our Trust as we seek to invest in modern healthcare facilities across the site.
“It is an exciting time for our patients and staff, particularly those working in our existing theatres, as they have been closely involved in planning the new operating environment they will be working in. We are looking forward to involving all our stakeholders in every stages of the process.”
The theatre block development at Hinchingbrooke is the second part of a three-phase redevelopment scheme to replace the old hospital building and modernise Hinchingbrooke Hospital which opened in 1984.
- The theatre block development will be located between the main hospital building and the Treatment Centre. It will provide 7 operating theatres, recovery and admission facilities and a separate area for children to be cared for during their surgical procedure. The new facility will incorporate the latest thinking on operating theatre design and technology. It will replace the theatres in the main hospital building, which are coming to the end of their operational life.
- This substantial investment demonstrates the important long term role Hinchingbrooke Hospital will play in the provision of acute hospital care within the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough health system.
- The Outline Business Case to build the theatre block was awarded national approval in April, enabling the Trust to proceed to the final stage of the business case process.
- This redevelopment project will be one of the first driven forward by the new Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System, a partnership organisation bringing together the local health and care organisations.
Source: NW Anglia Foundation Trust website. https://www.nwangliaft.nhs.uk/about-us/trust-news/hinchingbrooke-redevelopment-gains-support-from-planners/