Hereford County Hospital in Herefordshire, UK, is making progress on the construction of a new Daycase Surgical Unit, which involves an investment of £21m.

The unit will offer a range of day case surgeries, including gynaecology, ENT, urology, general, orthopaedic, dental, and oral surgery, as well as cataract procedures.

Wye Valley NHS Trust chief strategy and planning officer Alan Dawson said: “The demolition of the last of our 1940s hutted wards has made way for this unit, which will effectively be a standalone facility.

“It will be run in a way that means it won’t be affected by sudden pressures in our emergency department, which have curtailed routine elective procedures in the past.”

By providing dedicated facilities for these procedures, the unit aims to increase productivity, enhance patient outcomes, and relieve pressure on staff.

The government-supported initiative looks to deliver approximately two million additional routine operations across the country, with the Herefordshire unit being one of the 50 new facilities.

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The project is designed with sustainability in mind and is expected to be complete by late spring next year.

It is the first project procured under the ProCure23 national healthcare framework, a partnership between NHS England and Crown Commercial Service.

Project construction contractor Speller Metcalfe regional director Mark Hudgeon said: “For Speller Metcalfe, we are eager to be a part of the solution and are delighted to support Wye Valley NHS Trust to deliver both the quantity and quality of care required by a growing Herefordshire community.”