The NHS's first all-single-room acute hospital has been given the final go-ahead. The Department of Health announced last week that construction work could start on Pembury Hospital in Kent by the end of the month.

The£225m hospital is designed to aid infection control with 512 single rooms, en suite facilities, and separate planned and emergency areas.

It is expected to open in 2011 and will replace the existing Pembury Hospital - which is being demolished - and the Kent and Sussex Hospital in Tunbridge Wells.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells trust chief executive Glenn Douglas said: "Pembury Hospital will set a new standard in NHS care."