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New operating theatre complex officially open at the James Paget University Hospital

PUBLISHED: 09:58 16 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:58 16 October 2015

Christine Allen (left) and Clare Marx (right) at the official opening of the new theatre complex at James Paget Hospital

Christine Allen (left) and Clare Marx (right) at the official opening of the new theatre complex at James Paget Hospital

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A new operating theatre suite was officially opened yesterday in a special ribbon-cutting event at the James Paget University Hospital, in Gorleston.

New Day Care Unit at the James Paget University Hospital opened by Clare Marx, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Picture: James BassNew Day Care Unit at the James Paget University Hospital opened by Clare Marx, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Picture: James Bass

The new suite is a part of an £8m investment programme at the hospital and includes three theatres, new patient recovery rooms, a staff rest room, a waiting room, a storage room and changing rooms.

The new theatres have been operational since August 24 but have now been officially opened by the president of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Clare Marx.

Speaking at the opening the hospital’s NHS foundation trust chief executive, Christine Allen, said: “It is a fantastic new facility for our patients and for our staff to work in.

“It’s going to be a real step forward in terms of the way we treat our patients as they can be treated, get up and about and then return home again far quicker than before.

“It is going to be much better for patients to work around their lives and their families. About 80pc of our patients go through day surgery rather than being admitted overnight and more and more surgery is moving towards day care because it is much better for the patients and they can get home and recover quicker – which is exactly what they want.”

The new theatres will allow the hospital to treat up to 40 patients per day and also feature a hi-tech airflow system which will help to prevent any contaminants from entering the theatre.

Construction of the new suite began back in May 2014 with the use of a 36 metre high crane and more than 350 construction workers.

The next two phases of the investment programme will include the hospital connecting the new suite’s airflow system to the older theatres to help reduce the risk of infections on a larger scale. The final phase will consist of upgrading the hospital’s other theatres.

Have you experienced the new suites? Email joshua.close@archant.co.uk

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