Official opening of new hospital entrance

Unveiling of the plaque marking the official openeing of the new reception area at Scarborough Hospital.'Trust Chairman Sir Michael Carlisle,left and head of the WRVS Yorkshire,Humber and the North West, Sue Collins, unveil the plaque.'Picture by Neil Silk  sn122433a

Unveiling of the plaque marking the official openeing of the new reception area at Scarborough Hospital.'Trust Chairman Sir Michael Carlisle,left and head of the WRVS Yorkshire,Humber and the North West, Sue Collins, unveil the plaque.'Picture by Neil Silk sn122433a

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An official opening ceremony has been held to celebrate the transformation of Scarborough Hospital’s main reception area.

The revamped reception opened to the public earlier this year following a £565,000 overhaul.

The area received its official opening last week and the honours were done by Sue Collins, head of the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) for Yorkshire, Humber and the North West Region.

During the event, trust board chairman Sir Michael Carlisle explained how proud he was of the new reception area which has created a much-improved first impression of the hospital.

Sir Michael is due to retire from his role next week - see page 53 for a full report.

He said: “I am delighted to be here today as one of my final duties as trust chairman. I am sure you all agree that this new reception creates a much improved welcome for our staff, visitors and patients.

“I would like to thank the WRVS for their continued support of the hospital and for their £240,000 donation which made this refurbishment possible.”

The new reception area opened its doors for the first time on March 12.

The £565,000 refurbishment was made possible thanks to the sizeable donation from WRVS and £250,000 of funding from the trust’s charitable funds.

Over £100,000 has also been made available through the trust’s capital plan for 2010/11 and 2011/12.

The entrance has undergone a complete transformation and is now lighter, brighter and more spacious.

A new layout has improved patient flow whilst new facilities include a waiting area, baby changing room and a hand washing station with sink and hand gels – helping promote the importance of good hand hygiene.

The WRVS shop has been extended and now includes a coffee bar with freshly ground coffee and hot chocolate machines alongside an additional seating area with tables, chairs and bar stools.

The coffee bar also serves a selection of hot food including soup, jacket potatoes, toasted sandwiches and paninis.

Fresh fruit and bakery produce are being delivered to the shop daily.