Surrey

Epsom Hospital in £2.5m surgery unit revamp

Operating theatre
Image caption The revamped unit at Epsom Hospital will be used to treat rising numbers of endoscopy patients

A £2.5m refurbishment of the day surgery and endoscopy unit at Epsom Hospital has begun.

The unit in Surrey will have five new consultancy rooms, two new treatment rooms, new single-sex recovery wards, and an equipment decontamination unit.

Mr Ashraf Raja, lead doctor for endoscopy, said the unit would be used to treat rising numbers of patients.

In 1990, the trust had 2,000 endoscopy patients, but this year it would have more than 8,000, he added.

He said: "With the rise in numbers of patients, it is vital that we continue to treat them as quickly as possible."

The endoscopy unit is where patients' digestive and respiratory systems are examined using cameras.

Matthew Hopkins, chief executive of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, said it was the biggest project at the hospital in years.

Work started this month and the new unit is due to open this autumn.

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