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Epsom and St Helier NHS unveils £8.9m hospital revamp

An NHS trust covering Surrey and south London has unveiled an £8.9m refurbishment plan for its hospitals.

Epsom and St Helier NHS said the development plan covered improvements to wards, clinics and patient areas as well as upgrades behind the scenes.

A spokesman for the trust said the improvements would be paid for from its own funds.

Areas to be improved include X-ray departments, ward kitchens, computer systems and staff nursery provision.

Patient privacy

Nick Gorvett, director of corporate infrastructure, said: "Keeping our hospitals running smoothly 24 hours a day, seven days a week is no small task - and this new investment highlights that."

Building a new nursery for the children of hospital staff at St Helier will cost the trust £1.6m.

A computer systems upgrade, which includes improvements to storing and monitoring medical records, will cost £800,000.

About £700,000 will be spent on installing new imaging equipment and improving X-ray rooms.

Work to improve patient privacy will see £725,000 invested in new bathroom, shower and toilet facilities.

The trust, which runs Epsom Hospital in Surrey and three hospitals in London - St Helier, Sutton, and Queen Mary's Hospital for Children - said the £8.9m would pay for nearly 100 refurbishment projects and new pieces of equipment across its sites.

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