Spire Portsmouth Hospital has commenced a major $7.3m (£6.4m) refurbishment project to increase its patient services in Portsmouth, UK.

The project, which is expected to take 14 months, involves expansion of the existing patient day care facilities along with the construction of a new walk-in unit.

It will increase the capacity of the hospital and help in treating up to 1,750 additional NHS and private patients each year.

The refurbishment project will also upgrade several facilities at the Spire Portsmouth Hospital to provide more comfortable and better services for patients.

The hospital will offer a mix of inpatient, day care and walk-in services that will increase patient choice and help address the waiting lists in and around the region.

In the first phase of the project, significant investment will be made into installing latest operating theatre technology.

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The X-ray department will be refurbished, a new walk-in unit will be built, and the patient day-care facilities will be expanded in the second phase, which is planned to begin in January next year.

The day-care facilities expansion will increase the capacity of the hospital to provide short stay care, and the new walk-in unit will offer access to quick urology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic, urology, and gynaecology treatment without requiring theatres or an anaesthetic.

Spire Portsmouth Hospital director Kevin Griffiths said: “The new care facilities and expanded theatre capacity here in Portsmouth will benefit patients and colleagues, and help us maintain the high standards in healthcare that patients have come to expect from Spire hospitals.

“While much of the new equipment such as camera stacks and anaesthetic machines go unseen, they are vital to delivering a safe and high quality experience for our patients.

“This development will be a boost to the healthcare facilities available in the Portsmouth area and will continue to help us alleviate pressure on waiting lists.”