A new £3.5 million expansion at a Peterborough hospital that will allow the hospital to treat more patients has been officially unveiled.
The extension at the Fitzwilliam Hospital has been completed by Ramsay Health Care and includes a new ambulatory care unit and state-of-the-art operating theatre. Both these new additions will help more day-surgery patients to be treated at the hospital.
The hospital currently carries out between 6,000 and 7,000 surgical procedures every year for both private and NHS patients.
With the new operating theatre and the new day-surgery unit they should now be able to increase to around 9,000 a year over the next couple of years.
The extension was opened by the Mayor of Peterborough, Cllr Paula Thacker and she said that she was impressed with what she saw.
Cllr Thacker said: “The new facility is excellent. It is spotless and spacious and I was delighted to officially open it with the theatre manager and staff. The hospital deals with NHS patients as well as private so it is an excellent hospital to have in Peterborough.”
The hospital have been treating private healthcare for the last 29 years and started treating NHS patients five years ago. Now half of the procedures are on NHS patients.
The new operating theatre’s surgical facilities can be used for complex operations including major abdominal surgery and joint replacements.
The hospital have pioneered care for people suffering with cartilage problems and have been named as an Orthopaedic Centre of Excellence.
General manager of the hospital, Carl Cottam, said: “We’re delighted that this major development for the hospital is now complete and fully operational and very grateful to the Mayor of Peterborough for officially opening the facility.
“The additional capacity will help us to meet the growing demand for theatre space and the changing pattern of operative care.
“The new ambulatory care unit will allow more patients to benefit from the increasingly popular option of day case surgery.”