People suffering from a range of muscle, bone and joint conditions can now be diagnosed and treated more quickly - thanks to a £900,000 revamp at Horsham Hospital.
Fifteen new treatment rooms have been opened at the hospital’s musculoskeletal department which also treats people with arthritis, back pain and sports injuries.
Seven existing treatment rooms and waiting areas have also been refurbished; a hydrotherapy pool has also been improved - providing aquatic physiotherapy - and the hospital’s gym has been refitted.
A spokesman said: “The improvements mean that patients can see a wide range of specialist doctors and therapists and where possible can receive scans all in one visit.
“This reduces the need for repeat visits and means patients can be diagnosed and begin treatment sooner.”
A new rheumatology infusion suite opening later this year also means that local people will no longer need to travel to East Surrey Hospital in Redhill for treatment.
The Sussex MSK Partnership runs all the NHS musculoskeletal services across central Sussex.
Partnership deputy managing director Natalie Blunt said: “We’re thrilled to have the new facilities up and running.
“As well as offering a nicer environment for our patients it means that we have a larger team able to offer personalised care for our patients right from the start. Our aim is to focus on what matters most to each of our patients.”
Funding contributions to the rheumatology infusion suite and new gym equipment were made by Horsham Hospital’s League of Friends.
The new facilities will be officially opened by Horsham District Council chairman Christian Mitchell on February 27.