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Right Arrow Major ward refurbishment at Southport hospital
16 July 2008 at 12:02
Southport & Formby District General Hospital is set to see a major refurbishment of its wards over the next few years. This will consist of more single rooms providing higher levels of privacy and dignity while enabling us to continue to combat infections. The Trust is aiming for the highest possible standards in delivering patient care in modern, clean hotel-style surroundings. This investment in the hospital will ensure that the accommodation and supporting infrastructure will be fit to deliver 21st Century healthcare.

The hospital will be 20 years old this September and while there have been changes to the building during that time, as some wards have either changed their original use or have been updated to meet changing needs the main medical wards are still as they were originally designed in 1975.

A rolling programme of refurbishment of the medical wards will start in September this year. Although when built, the hospital reflected the nursing trends of the time, ideas and priorities have changed. In the 20 years since it opened a much greater emphasis has been put on the accommodation in which patients are nursed. There is now more need for single accommodation to help prevent healthcare associated infections and it has been recognised that privacy and dignity issues are of much greater importance to patients. There is a need for additional storage facilities to meet the needs of today’s intensive medical equipment following great advances in technology.

At the moment the wards consist of mainly 6-bedded bays with some 4-bedded ones and a few single rooms. The refurbished wards will consist of 12 single rooms, of which 6 will have en-suite bathrooms, and three 3-bedded rooms.

Liz Yates, Director of Nursing said, “Our aim is to improve the experience of our patients while they are in hospital at what we know is a traumatic time. The refurbishment will provide hotel style accommodation in which we can provide modern day nursing in an appropriately designed environment to meet current day needs. It will enable more efficient and effective use of space and will meet all the requirements of disabled patients. There will also be the provision of a quiet area on the wards for patients who might want to discuss issues with staff or family in more private surroundings.”

The whole ergonomics and flow of the wards will be re-designed. The infrastructure, such as the ventilation systems will be updated and the finishes will be state of the art to add to our ability to keep the wards as clean as possible.

To enable the work to be done, ward 10a will close and work will start in that ward. When that is completed, patients will move across from ward 10b into the new accommodation and the work will start there.

Notes to Editors

Pictures gives an early impression of how the bedrooms could look.

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

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714