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Views on A&E plan for Frimley Park Hospital to be aired

Proposed view of the front of the hospital
The proposals include a two-storey extension to the front of the building

Designers and architects working on a new extension to day surgery facilities at a Surrey hospital will be on hand to answer questions at a public meeting.

The plans for Frimley Park Hospital's accident and emergency (A&E) department include a helicopter landing pad and additional resuscitation stations.

Members of the public can have their say on the development at a meeting being held at the hospital on Monday.

They will also have the opportunity to question senior clinicians.

The cost of the current plans have been reduced from £30m to £20m due to the current economic outlook.

The existing A&E wasn't originally designed for anything like the number of patients we are seeing today
Andrew Morris, chief executive

The two-storey extension will also include a new surgery unit with two new theatres for day surgery.

Scale models of the plans will be on view at the event, which takes place in the postgraduate education centre at the hospital from 1830 BST until 2030 BST.

The main presentations will take place between 1900 and 2000 BST, and there will be opportunities before and after to talk directly to the clinicians and directors involved.

Chief executive Andrew Morris said: "This is an important development for us, for our patients and for our local community.

Public consultation

"The existing A&E wasn't originally designed for anything like the number of patients we are seeing today.

"We believe that the extension will enable us to provide a much better emergency service for patients in a significantly improved environment and allow us to cater for the increasing demand for day surgery."

Mr Morris has urged as many people as possible to come to Monday's meeting to see the proposals first hand and give their views.

The trust launched a six-week public consultation into its plans at the end of March.

The plans are available from the hospital and on the consultation website.

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