The Nottingham City Council in the UK has approved plans for the development of three new operating theatres at the Nottingham City Hospital, reported BBC News.

The project is expected to reduce waiting times for the patient and is part of a £35m scheme that aims to help more than 4,700 patients get care sooner.

Supported by government funding, the project is being developed in phases. The first phase includes the new ‘hub’, which is planned to be commissioned this winter.

This new hub will provide 24 ring-fenced inpatient beds.

The project’s second phase includes a day-case facility and three operating theatres. It is scheduled for completion by the first quarter of 2024.

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust (NUH) reconfiguration programme director Duncan Hanslow was cited by BBC News as saying that funding had “given us the opportunity to continue to reduce the backlog of people in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire waiting for planned procedures, as well as minimising the risk of cancellations”.

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Hanslow added: “The design of the new facilities has been developed through extensive engagement with stakeholders and colleagues across NUH.

“In addition to supporting the delivery of high-quality, safe, efficient and effective care for patients, both now and in the future, the hub will also provide an excellent working space for staff.”

The construction of the new facility near the main theatres will necessitate the demolition of portions of an existing building, according to documents provided by NUH and viewed by the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

To accommodate three elective theatres and ancillary facilities spanning two stories, the new construction will renovate and repurpose portions of existing buildings.

Some of the recent developments at City Hospital include an additional theatre suite, which is due to be operational this winter, and a new surgical ward.