The first phase of Kettering General Hospital’s £4.1 million project to replace its old maternity and gynaecology theatres has been completed. Two maternity theatres have been opened in a new building connected to the existing maternity unit.
The first patient to use the facilities was mum Shevonne Blair (pictured). She gave birth by caesarean section to baby Josiah, who weighed in at eight pounds and seven ounces.
The second phase will see the old gynaecology theatre and recovery areas transformed into two new recovery areas to support the new theatres. In the meantime one of the new theatres is being used as a recovery area. Work on the second phase is expected to be completed by December.
Lead midwife at Kettering General Hospital, Mara Tonks, said: “We are all very excited that the first phase of our maternity theatre is now open. This is a great improvement for both patients and the staff working in theatres.
“It will help us to support the 3,600 births and 2,000 gynaecological and obstetric procedures which we perform each year.”