The foundations are being laid for a new £30m operating theatres
and improved healthcare facilities scheme at Darlington Memorial
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is investing
£30 million to build new state of the art operating theatres on the
Darlington site alongside improving other facilities including a
new mortuary and bereavement centre.
The Trust unveiled the plans last year and has been carrying out
enabling works ready to start the physical build of the new
development which will secure high quality services and facilities
for patients now and in the future.
Mr Jeremy Cundall, Clinical Director for Surgery said: "This is
an exciting development which demonstrates the Trust's commitment
to the delivery of high quality care to patients. We are building
six new state of the art operating theatres, with improved
technology to support efficient ways of working, not just now but
for the future.
"Patients will benefit from purpose built, modern facilities
which will support increased capacity, an improved patient
experience and a reduction in patient waiting times."
To create a high quality environment for surgery at Darlington
and to enable new advancements in treatments and more procedures to
be undertaken on site, the Trust plans to reconfigure the existing
operating theatres and build six new state of the art theatres.
Alison McCree, Director of Estates and Facilities said: "This is
a significant project and we have been working with our considerate
contractors to minimize disruption to services and patient care
during the first stage which include the demolition and will now
continue to do so as the building phase begins.
"The new theatres are being built next to the current ones and
then will be connected once the extension is complete. As
part of this project, we'll also be upgrading the existing
Keith Shivers, Regional Director for Integrated Health projects
said: "We were delighted to have been appointed by County Durham
and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust as its delivery partner through
the P21+ Framework, and it is gratifying that, after the design
process, where we worked closely with the Trust's Estates and
Clinical team, a meaningful start on site can be achieved.
"We are now moving forward with the construction works and are
working towards completing this significant development, which will
undoubtedly enhance the hospitals services, by spring 2018."
The scheme also includes a new mortuary facility, bereavement
centre and multi faith chapel on site.
Lead chaplain Kevin Tromans said: "We look forward to welcoming
people of all faiths to the chapel which will offer a place of
quiet, reflection, prayer and worship."
Watch our short videos of demolition work and the foundations
being laid on YouTube:
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
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