A VIRTUAL tour of Cirencester NHS Treatment Centre is now available online for prospective patients.

Designed to put people at ease before they arrive for their operation, the tour allows patients to explore the centre from the comfort of their own home.

The new service showcases the facilities available to NHS patients at the Care UK treatment centre in Tetbury Road which treats an average of 450 people each month across a range of specialities.

The centre has one operating theatre and an outpatient consultation suite and specialises in Day Surgery.

Centre Manager Helen Rossiter believes the virtual tour will remove some of the nerves people experience when attending hospital appointments for the first time.

“We want people to be confident and relaxed when they arrive here,” she explained, “and the tour gives people the chance to find their bearings before they even step into reception.

“They can familiarise themselves with the operating theatre, consulting rooms, recovery ward, waiting area and reception.

“Elderly people can be reassured that the scale of the centre is manageable, especially if mobility is a problem, and if this is your first hospital visit, I think a chance to look around without any pressure will boost your confidence.”

The tour will be accessible on the treatment centre website and on Google; search for the Cirencester NHS Treatment Centre and click on “see inside” on the right hand side of the screen.