Heartlands Hospital has invested £500,000 in improving surgical theatre facilities. Two main theatres have undergone a complete refurbishment, boasting state-of-the-art equipment and extra space for recovering patients. The trust now has 28 theatres in total and last year saw more than 30,000 patients for elective and emergency operations, making it one of the largest providers in the country. Dr Spyros Papaioannou, clinical director for theatres, said: "Theatre six previously had limited use and the refurbishment means we will now have extra capacity to provide additional surgical procedures, which previously would have been outsourced. This will result in significant savings for the hospital." By the end of the year, the theatres team also hopes to have installed a new information system that will streamline the patient care pathway, merging processes on all three hospital sites, including Good Hope and Solihull hospitals.