Hospital to open new £5m ward in March

SCARBOROUGH HOSPITAL --- General View pictures of Scarborough Hospital's new build taking place. // Pictured from the neighbouring school. Monday 26th January 2015. HARRY ATKINSON
SCARBOROUGH HOSPITAL --- General View pictures of Scarborough Hospital's new build taking place. // Pictured from the neighbouring school. Monday 26th January 2015. HARRY ATKINSON

Scarborough Hospital is set to open a new ward - called Lilac ward - by the middle of next month.

The ward was due to open in January, but following delays it is now nearing completion and will undergo a programme of deep cleansing before it opens.

The new ward, which has been named in keeping with the hospital’s tree theme, is located on top of Maple ward and has 31 beds. There are 15 single rooms and four, four-bed bays.

Bosses say the design of the ward incorporates best practice in clinical layout and in order to try and blend in with the landscape the external appearance of the ward has been partially clad in colours to match surrounding developments.

Andrew Bennett, head of capital projects, said: “We are delighted that Lilac ward - our brand new £5 million ward at Scarborough Hospital - is nearing completion.

“This project shows further investment in the Scarborough Hospital site and demonstrates a significant capital investment by the trust to improve clinical accommodation for our patients.

“Lilac ward will provide our patients with top quality accommodation in a state-of-the-art environment.”

The ward will open as a surgical facility allowing the old Haldane ward, which is located in the North Wing to close. Work began on the ward on 28 April, 2014. The main contractor is Kier and the cost of construction is around £5 million.