Hospital theatre work progresses

New hospital air purification unit arrives
New hospital air purification unit arrives

REFURBISHMENT work at Bridlington Hospital has taken a step closer to completion with the arrival of an air purification unit for the new operating theatre.

The new unit was lowered into place last Thursday, and is a significant moment in the process of upgrading the site.

new hospital air purification unit winches into place

new hospital air purification unit winches into place

Work started on the £500,000 refurbishment project at the end of November and the theatre is set to reopen in March.

Matthew Groom, Bridlington Hospital development manager, said: “This work will enable the hospital to expand its surgical activity to include an overnight facility for surgical patients.

“There may be some disruption at the hospital whilst this improvement work is undertaken and we ask patients and visitors to bear with us during this time.”

The theatre refurbishment is just one of a number of developments expected during the coming year, with a new hospital entrance, new hospital beds and lockers, and a combined GP Access and Minor Injuries Unit all in the pipeline for 2012.

In addition to building work, the hospital hopes to be able to offer more medical procedures and services and even better food during the coming months.

The arrival of the theatre’s new air purification unit is symbolic of the hospital’s bright future as it was due to the failure of the old ventilation system that the main operating theatre had to close in December 2010.