University Hospitals of North Midlands launched a new Elective Orthopaedic Unit at County Hospital in July.
The new £3m 29-bed unit has been created as part of the £250m investment into NHS services in Staffordshire. The unit, which was previously housed on a ward, will care for and rehabilitate patients who have undergone orthopaedic surgery.
The new Unit has a dedicated therapy area to support the rehabilitation of patients, a first at County Hospital. The therapy area has specialised equipment and dedicated ward-based therapy staff. The Unit comprises 13 single en-suite rooms and four four-bedded bays, bed spaces have been increased by around 50 per cent and more toilets and en-suite facilities have been introduced.
Janice Wood, Sister, said: “The move into the new ward was successful and I would like to thank all the staff involved in the move for their dedication and hard work in making this move seamless for our patients. The new ward has state-of-the-art equipment and provides excellent facilities for the expansion of the elective orthopaedic service at County.”
A new £3.2m MRI Unit and a new £3.1m Renal Unit have already opened. Three further wards will open at County Hospital in the next 18 months along with a refurbished Chemotherapy Unit and A&E Unit. The A&E works are well underway, with the Children’s Emergency Centre access tunnel being removed and the temporary relocation of the GP out of Hours service. The A&E refurbishment is due to be completed by December 2016.