A new multi-million pound intensive care unit at Walsall Manor Hospital has been given the go ahead by council planners.
A total of 110 workers will run the 16-bed ITU which is earmarked for the Manor, as part of expansion plans.
The unit is combining the high dependency and critical care departments within the former West Wing, near to the A&E department, and will see an extra 20 staff taken on.
A firm planning application was lodged with Walsall Council and it has now been approved by officers.
It is anticipated work will be carried out next year and take 12 months to finish. It is the latest phase of the redevelopment of the hospital which underwent an £170m rebuild three years ago.
There are also proposals for a £6m transformation of the A&E by 2016 and expansion of the maternity unit, which was announced by chief executive Richard Kirby earlier this year.
The ITU planning application was submitted earlier this summer.
Jayne Tunstall, chief operating officer at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, said the hospital was delighted patient care would be further improved for critically ill patients. The ground floor refurbishment and extension will comprise eight single bedrooms and eight open bed bays.
There are 65 full-time staff across the two units and the proposals said this will increase to 80 as part of the scheme. The 25 part-time workers will rise to 30 when the new unit is created.
To provide access to the main hospital street, and a new means of entry into the intensive care unit, a bridged link forms part of the development.
It recently emerged more than £1m is to be ploughed into recruiting extra staff and extending the A&E this winter.
Health chiefs are looking to ease the pressure on the department which has seen thousands of extra emergency admissions in the last year. Up to £700,000 has been earmarked for a refurbishment of the A&E with additional cubicles, psychiatric room and better nurse station with £350,000 on 13 new nurses.