10 March 2021
The new hospital at Heatherwood in Ascot is on track to welcome patients by the end of this year.
The main shape of the building, at the back of the existing hospital site, is complete and due to be handed over to Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust by contractors Kier during the summer.
Following a period of recruitment and redeployment of services, the first patients are expected to be seen in December and full services operational in the first few months of 2022.
Work has progressed throughout the past year on the £99m project, on time and on budget in spite of the impact of Covid-19.
The new general practice hub building, which is located nearby alongside an administrative centre for Frimley Health staff, is already complete. Photos can be seen below, with designs and interiors in a similar style to the hospital building.
The new hospital, which will replace the current ageing Heatherwood site, will be fitted, furnished and equipped later this year with clinical staff teams at the heart of decisions over medical equipment.
When it is complete the hospital, set in Berkshire woodland, will be one of the best in the country for planned surgery, outpatient and diagnostic services. It will have six operating theatres, 48 inpatient beds and 22 day-case cubicles and it is expected to see double the number of patients as the current Heatherwood Hospital by the end of the decade.
The Trust will be recruiting staff later this year to ensure it has the best people in place for services when they open.
Some associated roadworks are taking place over coming weeks and contractors J McCann are working with Kier, the trust and local residents to keep disruption to a minimum.
You can keep up to date with progress by watching the regular films we post.