STRUCTURE: Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust hopes to be able to close one of its surgical wards this year.

The aim of shutting F12, an ear, nose and throat surgery ward, is set out in the FT’s forward plan strategy for the next three years, which was submitted to Monitor in April.

The plan states that the trust wants to “reduce average length of stay to release capacity enabling the closure of beds”.

It says the closure of F12 would be “mainly effected through more efficient marshalling of existing resources” with £0.5m of surgical bed reductions in 2011-12.

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