Kettering General Hospital’s chief executive has welcomed the announcement of a Government grant of millions of pounds.
David Sissling says he is pleased with the award of £11.6 million from the Department of Health, which has been earmarked to improve and modernise the Rothwell Road hospital.
Among the measures to be taken are the purchase of two new MRI scanners, the building of an extra endoscopy room to enable more bowel cancer screenings and the replacement of a host of equipment.
Maternity services, which Mr Sissling last month told the Northants Telegraph would remain in Kettering alongside other vital departments including accident and emergency, will benefit from a new theatre.
Hailing the latest funding – which, alongside an existing capital programme of £7 million, means the hospital will be able to invest more than £18 million – Mr Sissling said: “This considerable investment in Kettering General Hospital will have great benefits for our patients and for our staff.
“It will mean we have better and up-to-date medical equipment, we will have replaced estate that is nearing the end of its useful life, and we will have invested in modernising our infrastructure to meet our future needs.
“There is still a lot more work to do – but this is an excellent start. It will help us to make sure the hospital has all of the right basic facilities and services you would expect in a modern hospital.”
Mr Sissling, who took over at Kettering earlier this year, has said he noticed on arrival that the hospital estate and some equipment needed to be modernised. At the same time, he recognised the trust’s financial situation meant it could not afford to fund those improvments on its own, despite a five-year plan to address the issue.
He added: “The good news is that the Department of Health has agreed that the issues we have highlighted need to be addressed promptly so that we can provide the right facilities for our patients and staff.”
Among the other measures the funding will pay for is the replacement of old medical equipment including an ECG machine, ultrasound scanner, audiology booths, microscope, lasers, anaesthetic machines and monitors, phototherapy cabinets and theatre lights.
X-ray services for wards and GPs will be updated, as will the Cardiac Catheter labs.
A new boiler house to feed the trust’s central heating and hot water systems will be installed, there will be an upgrade to health and safety, fire protection and lift repairs, and investment will also be ploughed into CCTV, swipe card access and IT infrastructure repairs.