Elizabeth Garrett-Anderson was born in Aldeburgh, Suffolk and was one of the first female doctors - read her story here. It has taken a long time for her to be recognised in her home county but it seems fitting that the new expansion at Ipswich Hospital will be named the Garrett-Anderson Centre.
This will be a wonderful facility and will hopefully ease the pressure on many overworked departments. The hospital have just applied for planning permission, having sorted out the finances. The Garret Anderson centre will be opened in 2007.
This new £26 million centre will bring much-needed capacity to the hospital:
- new Accident and Emergency department
- a critical care centre
- day surgery suite
- theatres and beds solely for planned operations - so patients don't have their operations repeatedly cancelled
All good stuff.