As part of an investment of over £27m, work has now been
completed on six new state of the art operating theatres at
Darlington Memorial Hospital. A further six existing
theatres will now be upgraded, bringing significant benefits to
patients from across County Durham and Darlington.
Commenting, Consultant General Surgeon, Andy Gilliam, said,
"This investment is of huge importance. We already perform
around 10,000 surgical procedures at Darlington Memorial Hospital
each year, offering a wide range of surgeries from life-saving
cancer treatments to joint replacements which make the world of
difference to patients who have been in pain and struggling with
As the population ages and new surgical opportunities become
available, inevitably, demand increases and it's exciting that
these very modern, state of the art facilities mean that we will be
able to incorporate new procedures and techniques as they become
available in the future. The increased capacity will
also mean shorter waiting times for our patients."
Trust chief executive, Sue Jacques, said, "We're delighted that
the new facilities are now available for the benefit of our
patients and demonstrate our commitment to Darlington Memorial
Hospital. We also hope that having the very best surgical
facilities will attract the very best staff to be part of our
existing excellent teams."
In addition to six theatres, the new building incorporates a
mortuary and bereavement suite.
'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their
Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital