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The new state-of-the-art Peterborough City Hospital (PCH) has opened its doors to its first patients today.
Nigel Hards, Chairman for the Trust said: “This is a truly momentous occasion for both staff and patients. We have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to invite the public into this magnificent building and demonstrate what the new hospital has to offer in terms of treatment and experience.
“The dedication and commitment to this project from staff makes me enormously proud to be a part of this hospital. Every member of staff should be extremely proud of what we have achieved and of what the future holds for us in terms of healthcare in the East of England. PCH will enable us to offer world-class healthcare to patients, using high-tech equipment and modernised patient pathways.”
PCH has 18 operating theatres, a 16 bed critical care unit, as well as a dedicated women and children’s unit and state-of-the-art emergency centre. In April 2011, the new radiotherapy suite will open, which will enable the Trust to provide radiotherapy to cancer patients who has previously had to travel outside of the city for treatment.
Although the hospital is officially open now, it will not be fully functional until 7th December when all services from Peterborough District Hospital, Edith Cavell Hospital and Peterborough Maternity Unit will have transferred across to PCH, at Bretton Gate. Maternity services will move to the new women and children’s unit at 9am on 30th November and A&E will move to the new emergency centre at 2am on 3rd December.
For more information visit: http://www.peterboroughhospitals.co.uk/page/?title=Home&pid=8