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Right Arrow Four more beds for Spinal Cord Injury Care at Southport
15 August 2007 at 10:13
The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport & Formby District General Hospital has just opened an additional four low dependency beds. These will help ease the pressure on the Centre and enable it to carry out operations and procedures for patients who might have either had a longer wait or had to go else where.

Clive Glass, Clinical Director of the Centre said, “The new beds will free up space in the acute and high dependency wards within the Centre, which will enable us to admit more patients to these wards within 24-48 hours following injury, a very important period for the patients.

“In the event of post-trauma complications, it is important to ensure a rapid review or re-admission for the patient. Unfortunately up to now, because of our continuing commitment to patients from time of trauma, we have occasionally not been able to offer this level of service and some anxieties have been expressed by patients’ groups and the Spinal Injury Association. These additional beds will help us to address these problems and enable us to offer the level of service that we would wish for our patients.”

The first patients were admitted to the new beds last week.


Notes to Editors

The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre is now a 43 bed facility, serving the entire North West of England. This is a catchment population of some 7.5 million people, west of the Pennines from Carlisle to Crewe and including the Isle of Man. The Centre provides highly specialist intensive, acute, rehabilitation and life-long support/intervention to those who have suffered a spinal cord injury. The Centre is internationally recognised as a leading provider of services to such patients, and supports the largest group of people living in the community on ventilators in Europe.

Picture shows the new four-bedded room at the spinal injuries centre.



Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk