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New state-of-the-art operating theater installed at Orpington Hospital

A new state-of-the-art operating theater is being installed at Orpington Hospital, which will enable hundreds of additional operations to be carried out each year.

The operating theater and recovery room are primarily for orthopedic procedures and will help reduce wait times for people who need knee and hip replacement surgery.

The one-story building, due to open in early 2022, will contain three patient recovery bays and staff changing rooms.

Its floor plan is designed to minimize noise transfer from hallways and other rooms, reducing disruption during patient recovery.

Over the next few weeks, the operating theater will be equipped with the latest equipment.

The modular building is made of 25% recycled steel and its off-site construction has also enabled the recycling of 90% of the waste produced.

Jonathan Lofthouse, Site General Manager, said: “The additional operating room is a fantastic addition to our services at Orpington Hospital. This will help us fight the waiting lists that have grown during the COVID-19 pandemic so that patients receive the timely care they deserve.

“The extra capacity at the theater will benefit people living locally, as well as those living in south-east London, who may be referred to Orpington Hospital for treatment.”

Orpington Hospital, which was rated good in its last CQC inspection, is part of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

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