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New £87m surgical centre for Musgrove Park Hospital

Work is now starting on a state of the art new surgical centre at Musgrove Park Hospital, Somerset following government funding approved this week.

We have been working with Somerset NHS Foundation Trust to deliver a new acute assessment hub as part of its Musgrove 2030 plan to radically transform the hospital’s estate. The redesign will also include a new maternity and children’s building and further development of its cancer and emergency services.

The new surgical centre comprises eight operating theatres, six endoscopy rooms, patient recovery and clinical support areas and a critical care unit. It will replace the current facilities which were built during the Second World War as part of a temporary casualty evacuation hospital for the D-Day landings.

Enabling works are already being carried out on site and phase one construction will start in February 2021 with the main surgical centre construction getting underway in 2022.

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Nick Fairham, principal architect and Bristol studio chair, who has been carrying out design work for the Musgrove 2030 modernisation programme since it began, said: “In line with the wider modernisation and transformation of Musgrove Park Hospital, patient, staff and visitor experience is at the heart of the new surgical centre’s design. This includes everything from creating high dependency and recovery space immediately adjacent to the theatres so that patients remain within the care of their specialist team after their surgery, to maximising opportunity for daylight and views of the gardens.

The centre will be connected to both the Concourse and Jubilee buildings by glazed links overlooking landscaped and planted courtyards helping patients to move from one area to another, enabling easy access for visitors and improving efficiency for staff.”

Dr Daniel Meron, chief medical officer at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, said the news was a huge boost for people in Somerset and continued: “The quality of care provided to our patients is something we are very proud of. 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.”
The new surgical centre is expected to open in 2024.

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