New £5 million ward to open at Scarboro’ Hospital

New Scarborough Hospital Wing . pic Richard Ponter 151317a
New Scarborough Hospital Wing . pic Richard Ponter 151317a

An official opening ceremony is being held tomorrow at Scarborough Hospital’s new £5 million Lilac ward.

The event will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour for invited guests, with hospital staff being given the opportunity to look round the new facility.

Representatives from Kier, the appointed contractor, will also be at the opening, along with members of the capital project team, ward matron and sister.

The ward will be opened by Alan Rose, chairman of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

This will be the chairman’s last official duty as he will step down from his role on March 31, when his current term of office comes to an end.

The ward will open as a surgical facility allowing the old Haldane ward, which is located in the North Wing, to close.

Patrick Crowley, chief executive, said: “The completion of this £5 million capital project demonstrates our commitment to Scarborough Hospital and to improving services for our east coast patients. Lilac ward will provide our patients with top quality accommodation in a state-of-the-art environment.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in this project and to welcome staff from Haldane ward to their new home.”

The ward is named Lilac ward in keeping with the hospital’s other wards which are all named after trees

The ward is located on top of Maple ward, which opened in 2010. There are 31 beds - 15 single rooms and four, four bed bays. The design incorporates best practice in clinical layout and work began on the ward at the end of April last year.

• See next week’s Scarborough News for pictures of the new ward.