Hospital ward is officially opened

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A NEW £3 million ward at Scarborough Hospital has had its official opening ceremony.

A plaque was unveiled on Maple ward by Scarborough trust board chairman Sir Michael Carlisle to commemorate the occasion.

In May 2009, Scarborough received £2.4 million of government funding to ensure that male and female patients could be treated in a single sex environment.

The construction of Maple Ward, which has 28 beds, was at the heart of the trust’s drive to eliminate mixed sex accommodation.

It was built by Elliott Off-Site Building Solutions and has seven, three bedded bays alongside seven single rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

Additional facilities include a quiet room for patients, offices and a changing and rest room for staff.

James Hayward, director of facilities, said: “This development has been designed to meet the most modern and exacting standards for NHS inpatient accommodation and it represents another step towards the modernisation of the Scarborough site.

“The ward has been designed so in the future we could construct a further ward on top of Maple ward thus maximising the space available.

“I am delighted to have received so many positive comments from patients, staff and visitors. This project sets the standard we aim to achieve in future developments at the hospital.”

Sir Michael Carlisle, who has been chairman of the trust board for four years, said: “I was honoured to be asked to open Maple ward. It really is a fantastic facility which is offering surgical patients a wonderful environment in which to recover.

“I am immensely proud of this ward and it means a great deal to me to officially declare it open.”

Since it opened in October, over 780 patients have been cared for on the ward.