STRUCTURE: Work to replace six operating theatres at East Grinstead’s Queen Victoria Hospital began at the end of June.

The state-of-the-art theatres and supporting infrastructure will provide both routine and specialist reconstructive surgery for up to 50 patients a day and offer patients a more comfortable and welcoming environment.

The development was given the green light in late 2010 and is due to open in summer 2013. Contractor Willmott Dixon has been appointed to build the new facilities.

QVH chair Peter Griffiths said: “QVH staff provide exceptional care for patients, but often from unexceptional buildings.

“Our aging estate has been one of our greatest challenges. Running repairs on old buildings, many of which were built before 1940, are very expensive and disruptive.”

He added: “The NHS faces tough financial times but, thanks to the hard work of everyone at the hospital to keep our costs down, we are able to continue investing in important improvements for our patients.”

Services at the hospital will operate as normal during the construction work, the trust has said.