THE Government has given its final approval for the funding of a new surgical centre at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.
The £87m state-of-the-art centre will replace the current theatres and critical care unit, which were built during the Second World War as part of a temporary casualty evacuation hospital for the D-Day landings. The surgical centre will also house a brand new endoscopy suite.
Work has already begun to get the hospital site ready and this is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021, with the major building work starting shortly after.
The new surgical centre will provide:
- Six endoscopy rooms, patient recovery and clinical support areas
- Eight operating theatres (including two hybrid operating theatres that can be used for both surgery and interventional radiology), recovery areas and clinical support.
- 22 critical care beds, all specified for level 2 and 3 critical care patients
It will mean patients will be cared for in a more modern and comfortable environment that will have greater capacity.
Dr Daniel Meron, chief medical officer at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Musgrove Park Hospital, said: “We are delighted that funding for the new surgical centre has been fully approved by the Government. It will be a huge boost to the people of Somerset.
“This is exciting news and the start of our ambitious plans as part of the Musgrove 2030 programme, which will allow us to progress the next stage of the development under the new hospital build programme.
“The quality of care provided to our patients is something we are very proud of and we want to support people to stay as well as possible and have the right services in place to support them in the community.
“We want to support our excellent clinical and non-clinical teams to further improve the outstanding care they provide to our patients and we are very excited at the prospect of being able to care for and treat our patients in state-of-the-art operating theatres and critical care facilities.
“Work has already started on the site to clear older buildings ready for the main construction phase and we currently estimate the new centre will be open for patients in 2024.”
The surgical centre is just one part of Musgrove 2030 – an ambitious programme to transform the hospital’s facilities. As part of this the hospital will be rebuilt as part of the 40 new hospitals which the Government is backing to deliver by 2030 – the biggest hospital building programme in a generation
A separate £11.5m development is also taking place to move the hospital’s acute assessment unit closer to the hospital’s emergency department which will mean faster access to consultants and surgeons and quicker assessments for patients who may require emergency surgery. This is expected to be complete in early 2022.
Work to construct a new therapies building and a refurbishment of much of the hospital’s maternity unit are also underway.
And the next steps of Musgrove 2030 will include a new maternity and children’s building and further development of the hospital’s cancer and emergency services.
The oldest parts of the hospital still house services such as the critical care unit as well as maternity and children’s services.
The trust aims to phase out these old parts of the hospital and instead develop state-of-the-art buildings that can offer patients modern, individual healthcare based on the most advanced treatments, technology, innovation and research.