Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PA­TIENTS will ben­e­fit from im­proved fa­cil­i­ties thanks to a multi-mil­lion pound in­vest­ment at Hare­field Hos­pi­tal.

More beds, larger surgery ca­pac­ity and new build­ings are promised at the hos­pi­tal, in Hill End Road, Hare­field, which is one of the world’s largest and most ex­pe­ri­enced heart and lung trans­plant cen­tres.

The in­vest­ment is part of The Royal Brompton and Hare­field NHS Foun­da­tion Trust ex­pan­sion plan,] worth at least £20mil­lion.

Bob Bell, the trust’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “This sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment rep­re­sents an ex­cit­ing new era for Hare­field Hos­pi­tal as it ap­proaches its cen­te­nary year in 2015.

“The new and im­proved fa­cil­i­ties will help the trust meet in­creas­ing de­mand for the world­class ser­vices pro­vided by our clin­i­cal teams.

“The hos­pi­tal is renowned for its ground­break­ing treat­ments for com­plex heart and lung con­di­tions.

“This in­vest­ment means more pa­tients will ben­e­fit from this

This sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment rep­re­sents an ex­cit­ing new era for

Hare­field Hos­pi­tal”

life­sav­ing and chang­ing care.”

The cost will be met from fund­ing sources avail­able to the trust, with con­tri­bu­tions from the Royal Brompton and Hare­field Hos­pi­tals Char­ity.

If plan­ning per­mis­sion is granted, the im­prove­ments will be im­ple­mented in three

life- stages over the next five years, with phase one due for com­ple­tion by the end of next year.

They in­clude more crit­i­cal care and in­pa­tient beds, bet­ter di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing and scan­ning ca­pa­bil­ity and a new op­er­at­ing the­atre and en­doscopy suite.

Re­built wards and a grad­u­ated care unit will in­crease the num­ber of hos­pi­tal beds to well over 200 from the hos­pi­tal’s cur­rent num­ber of 176.

By 2020 it is hoped the hos­pi­tal will be able to carry out an ex­tra 380 chest surg­eries on the heart, lung and oe­soph­a­gus, an ex­tra 100 coronary artery by­pass grafts and 90 heart valve op­er­a­tions ev­ery year.

More beds will also mean in­creased heart and lung trans­plants, emer­gency treat­ment for heart at­tacks and elec­tri­cal de­vice im­plan­ta­tion, such as pacemakers.

The hos­pi­tal said the in­vest­ment will also en­able it to grow its res­pi­ra­tory ser­vices, which in­cludes treat­ment for asthma and se­vere em­phy­sema and an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop an al­lergy ser­vice.

Six new crit­i­cal care beds

Fixed MRI scan­ner and new CT scan­ner in a pur­pose-built scan­ning cen­tre

Re­con­fig­ured and en­larged op­er­at­ing the­atre

Ex­tra 18 in­pa­tient beds at Holly ward

New state-of-theart en­doscopy suite

Oak ward re­built with an ad­di­tional 30 in­pa­tient beds

Ad­di­tional day case/short stay beds

Ad­di­tional trans­plant in­pa­tient beds

Re­con­fig­ured main en­trance to the hos­pi­tal

Pur­pose-built grad­u­ated care unit with at least 48 crit­i­cal care and high de­pen­dency beds and a be­spoke imag­ing cen­tre

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