A WIDER range of surgery including hip, knee and other orthopaedic procedures will be available at Bridlington hospital, for the first time, early next year.
Also for the first time surgical patients will be able to recover with overnight stays at Bridlington.
Work begins on Monday next week on a £500,000 refurbishment of the main operating theatre which was closed last December following a routine inspection which highlighted the need to undertake essential maintenance work on its ventilation system.
It is expected to be completed in February and it could be accepting its first patients in March next year.
Andrew Bennett, Head of Estates, said: The Trust is very pleased to be starting the operating theatre upgrade project. This £500,000 investment will bring the main theatre up to the highest possible standard.”
Matthew Groom, Hospital Development Manager, continued: “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.”
Surgeons working for the Scarborough and North East Yorkshire NHS Hospital Trust will perform operations but not be based at Bridlington.
The Trust is planning an open event for people to see the new facilities, an idea put forward by the local patient involvement group.
n Meanwhile, Bridlington Hospital is trialling a new system of overnight doctor cover.
Until December 11, the hospital will use an out of hours service to cover non-emergencies on the wards.
Overnight and weekend medical cover is currently provided by junior doctors studying for PHDs though this system is expensive and historically under used.
North East Yorkshire Healthcare Trust is proposing replacing it with a mixture of Out of Hours service for non-emergencies and senior doctor cover for surgical patients.
During the trial, junior doctors will continue to provide cover but by next April could be replaced by the new system.
Officials are keen to stress that any permanent change in overnight cover will only take place after consultations with clinicians and nursing staff.