The first phase of Kettering General Hospital’s £4.1m new maternity theatres project has opened and seen its first patients.
Kettering Hospital is in the process of completely replacing its old maternity and gynaecology theatres with a purpose built new development.
Work on the project started in February and the new building is due for completion in December.
The first phase of the project has involved opening two new theatres in a new building connected to the existing maternity unit, Rockingham Wing.
The first patient to use the new theatre was mum Shevonne Blair, from Kettering.
Shevonne gave birth to baby Josiah, who weighed in at 8lb 7oz (3.85kg), at 10.19am on September 23, by caesarean section.
It will help us to support the 3,600 births and 2,000 gynaecological and obstetric procedures which we perform each yearLead midwife Mara Tonks
Mrs Blair, a freelance writer, said: “I think the new theatre is very impressive and I think the care I have received here at the hospital has been amazing.”
Dad Nigel, also a freelance writer, said: “It is an impressive modern facility which looks very much state-of-the-art.”
Mrs Blair added: “I would like to say a special thank you to the midwives and the consultant who operated on me.
“The health care team gave me their very best service and I am extremely grateful.”
Lead midwife at the hospital, Mara Tonks, said: “We are all very excited that the first phase of our maternity theatre is now open.
“This is a great improvement for both patients and the staff working in theatres.
“It will help us to support the 3,600 births and 2,000 gynaecological and obstetric procedures which we perform each year.”
Work on the second phase of the development started on September 21 and it will involve transforming the old gynaecology theatre and recovery areas into two new recovery areas to support the new theatres.
At the moment one of the new theatres is being used for procedures (mainly caesarean sections) and the second is being used as a recovery area.
Other gynaecology procedures have been temporarily relocated to main theatres or the Treatment Centre.
The second phase of the development should be complete by December.