A new ward is now open at Scarborough Hospital - right on cue to cope with increased bed pressures due to winter weather.
Graham ward opened its doors to patients last week following a major £500,000 refurbishment.
The work on the ward is part of the significant investment that is being made to upgrade the healthcare facilities at Scarborough Hospital.
Andrew Bennett, head of capital projects, explained: “In addition to providing additional ward accommodation to help the trust cope with an increase in patients during the winter season, the ward will also provide a decanting facility that will be vital in order to facilitate the future re-development of the hospital.
“Work on the 19-bedded ward started at the beginning of October and comprised a complete replacement of the majority of the engineering infrastructure supporting the ward as well as the internal fixtures and finishes.
“The ward has been fitted with brand new flooring and has been completely re-decorated throughout.
“Work included the installation of new bathroom and toilet facilities and has incorporated energy-saving initiatives such as state-of-art LED lighting, new double-glazed windows and building management system controls.”
Andrew continued: “The ward also features state-of-the-art patient furniture to help improve the patient experience.
“The bedside lockers, tables, drip stands and patient chairs were purchased from the Design Bugs Out/EClean ranges of furniture to further reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections and to try to make a patient’s stay as comfortable as possible.
“The ward features two single rooms and refurbishment has included segregated sleeping and washing/toilet facilities so that male and female patients can be accommodated without comprising their privacy and dignity.”
Feedback on the upgraded environment from nursing staff working on the ward has been extremely positive.
Other areas of investment over the past 18 to 20 months include a new £700,000 theatre at Bridlington Hospital, addressing maintenance issues, transforming main reception at Scarborough, £400,000 on mammography, recruitment of consultants in areas such as A&E, paediatrics and neurology and the purchase of a new £900,000 CT scanner for Scarborough Hospital, which is due to be on site and available for use by May this year.