A new construction project to expand the endoscopy unit at the Princess Royal University Hospital started in January.
The project involves the build of a brand-new, £20m standalone, two-storey endoscopy unit on the PRUH site and will take one year to complete.
South East London has been identified as a priority area for increasing endoscopy provision.
The creation of the new unit also supports NHS efforts to increase the number of endoscopy rooms nationally
The PRUH currently only has two rooms dedicated to endoscopy services, which is well short of what is needed in the area, particularly given the high proportion of over 65s-living in Bromley.
The creation of the new unit also supports national NHS efforts to increase the number of endoscopy rooms, with a target of having 3.5 rooms per 100,000 population over 50 years of age by March 2025.
Professor Clive Kay, Chief Executive of the King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust that the hospital is a part of, said: “We are committed to improving hospital services for the people of Bromley, and expanding endoscopy services on the PRUH site will enable us to support early detection and treatment of more cancers. This is a positive move for staff at the PRUH who run our endoscopy service, as well as the many patients who will use this vital facility in the future.”