The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has provided £5.5m funding to Wansbeck General Hospital in Ashington for the refurbishment of its operation theatres.

The funding will be utilised for the revamp of six theatres, which will include a significant upgrade of theatre equipment as well as space redesign to improve staff and patient flow.

The investment in the hospital is part of the trust’s ongoing investment in its facilities across Northumberland and North Tyneside – a continued effort on its part to deliver the highest standards of care for their patients.

The renovation work on the facility, which began on 26 January, will provide an enhanced environment for patients and working area for staff.

The financing from the trust will also be used for the construction of more laminar flow theatres, which will provide more flexibility to accommodate different types of surgeries, such as spinal and orthopaedic surgeries.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust consultant orthopaedic surgeon and project lead Scott Muller said: “We have a highly skilled workforce who deliver surgical care to people from across the region and beyond.

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“With this investment, our theatres will become a state-of-the-art facility that reflects the highest standards of care that our patients rightly expect.

“This redevelopment will ensure the facility remains best in class, thereby cementing Wansbeck hospital as a major provider of elective surgery for years to come.”

Furthermore, more than 28,000 people are expected to benefit from the refurbishment work at the hospital.

Project’s designer P+HS Architects director James Almond said: “The major refurbishment will transform the hospital’s existing facilities to provide six state-of-the-art operating theatres and ancillary support accommodation.”