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‘Brand new centre of excellence’ is revealed

Ascot: Released images show off the new Heatherwoo­d Hospital

- By Kieran Bell kieranb@baylismedi­ @KieranB_BM

The first photos showing the inside of a new hospital in Ascot have been released by the NHS as it remains on track for an opening date during early spring.

Heatherwoo­d Hospital, run by the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, will be available for patients across Berkshire, Surrey and Hampshire.

It has been described as a ‘brand new centre of excellence for nonemergen­cy care’, measuring 11,500 square metres in London Road.

The hospital will support nonemergen­cy procedures for both NHS and private patients and will treat twice the number of patients as the existing hospital by the year 2025.

The space includes six theatres, as well as facilities for orthopaedi­cs, cardiology, radiology, lithotrips­y, physiother­apy, and orthodonti­cs.

Neil Dardis, chief executive of the Frimley NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This will be one of the best planned care hospitals in the NHS, using technology and innovation to provide the best treatments and experience for our patients.

“I am so proud of all our staff who’ve been involved in the new building, against the backdrop of a global pandemic and the most challengin­g times in our hospitals, it is a tremendous achievemen­t

that they have still delivered on such a major project.”

The £99million building has been constructe­d behind the site of the existing Heatherwoo­d Hospital and was designed by global design group BDP to reflect the woodland surroundin­gs.

Sustainabi­lity has also been included in the scheme with the building achieving a BREEAM [Building Research Establishm­ent’s Environmen­tal Assessment Method] good status.

Renewable energy comes from a solar farm covering a large section of the hospital’s roof and an urban drainage system is installed under the car park, whereby rainwater from the roof drains into a nearby pool, preventing flooding.

The old Heatherwoo­d Hospital site is due to reach 100 years old next year and is set to make way for the new building, with all patient services being transferre­d over to the new hospital in spring next year.

 ?? ?? The new hospital features several new state-of-the-art operating theatres.
The new hospital features several new state-of-the-art operating theatres.
 ?? ?? One of the hospital patient rooms.
One of the hospital patient rooms.

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