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New endovascular theatre build sees some changes to weekend services

05 November 2015

Health Care

Construction of brand new state of the art endovascular theatre at Southend University Hospital is well under way with some specialist works taking place which may affect anyone visiting the hospital at weekends.

A large crane will be set up outside the hospital's main entrance in order to lift materials up to the building site situated on the first floor.

For safety reasons some areas of the hospital will be need to be cordoned off whilst the crane is in use; this includes the out of hours GP service, located within the fracture clinic,  which will be relocated to the hospital's main outpatients department during weekends (from Friday evening until Sunday evening).

Access to the X-ray department on both the ground and first floors will also be restricted at the weekends. Maps and signage will be in place to assist patients, visitors and members of the public for the duration of the works.

Work will take place during weekends only starting on Saturday 7 November and will last for approximately 10 weeks. During the week departments will be open as usual in their standard locations.

Perry Hegarty, head of estates, said: "In order to minimise disruption the crane will only be brought in at weekends and work will be carried out during daylight hours.

"It will be necessary to relocate some services whilst these important works take place, however we would assure patients, visitors and members of the public that any disruption will be minimal."