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18th February, 2023.
PLANS for a new surgical hub at the Friarage Hospital, which will more than double the number of planned operations the hospital carries out each year, have received final approval.
The initial announcement that the Friarage was to be one of the 50-plus new surgical hubs across England was made in August 2022 and now, following final approval of the detailed plans from the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England, building on the £33.5 million state-of-the-art surgical facility is set to begin in March.
The plans for the new facility have been led by South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s experienced clinicians and will see the hospital’s six existing operating theatres replaced with a modern surgical hub that will include six main operating theatres, two minor operating theatres, and a surgical admission and day hub.
The hub is just the latest in a series of clinically led developments at the Friarage which have seen the creation of new services and the on-going removal of Second World War-era buildings on the site..........
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