Exciting plans are underway to build a new day surgery centre at the Freeman Hospital to help us address some of the waiting list challenges and backlogs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This fast-track project – expected to be completed by August 2022 – will see the development of four new theatres (as well as day case assessment and a recovery area), enabling our teams to carry out more than 3,000 additional low complexity procedures in specialties such as musculoskeletal health (MSK), urology, surgery and some cardiothoracic services.
The building is being delivered within provisions of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Coronavirus) (England) (Amendment) Order 2020 under coronavirus legislation.
About the day surgery centre
The new stand-alone building will be at the front of the Freeman Hospital site near to the main hospital and will house 4 new theatres (as well as day case assessment and a recovery area), enabling our teams to carry out more than 3,000 additional low complexity procedures in specialties such as MSK, urology, surgery and some cardiothoracic services.
We will also be able to transfer thousands more day case treatments from existing theatres which, in turn, will free up our existing theatres for more complex work, as well as support the trust’s programme to increase planned (elective) surgery and reduce long waits in the most challenged surgical specialties.
Doing this also allows us to transform procedures that have traditionally required an overnight stay into a day case, achieving our aim of reducing days away from home, while the centre will also provide ‘ring-fenced’ capacity, meaning operationally it will not be impacted by COVID-19, flu or other winter or service pressures.
This £20million investment will support patients from across the city and the wider region and it is hoped building work, which is being done in partnership with Robertson, will be completed in August 2022, with services starting in the following weeks.
The building will be single-storey to all clinical areas however, there will be a double height plantroom to house all the critical plant and equipment needed for this type of facility.
Why is this building needed?
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the NHS and our services across Newcastle Hospitals and we are now facing a situation where many patients have been waiting months for their planned surgery, which is not what any of us want.
It is also clear that the pressure on our urgent care services is not easing and we are continuing to see lots of patients who need emergency care and treatment, which is still impacting on our waiting lists.
To try and address these challenges, we have embarked on this fast-track project which will allow us to do thousands more low-complexity procedures in a stand-alone environment and also transfer many more day case procedures into this facility, which is good news for patients.
We are delighted to share an outline of our plans for this exciting new development below which cover:
- Approved general arrangement plan
- Site plan
- Proposed elevations and elevation treatment (still under review)
- 3D images and artist impression
If you do have any comments about this scheme please do not hesitate to contact us at NewcastleNHS@dppukltd.com.New day surgery centre at the Freeman Hospital