Ward 12 at County Hospital, today (Friday 15 September 2017) opened its doors to showcase the good practice and achievements to a number of esteemed visitors and guests.
The Ward, which is one of a number of refurbished wards as part of the regeneration of County Hospital, has been a huge success with patients, visitors and staff since they made the new area their home on 22 April 2017.
Among the visitors today were senior colleagues from across UHNM, including Chief Nurse Lix Rix, the Senior Nursing Team, Director of Finance Sarah Preston and Chief Operating Officer Richard Beeken. The team also welcomed Stafford MP, Jeremy Lefroy, Mayor Councillor Aidan Godfrey and Councillor Patrick Farrington. The feedback from the visit was very positive with particular comments referencing the spacious, calming and patient centric nature of the ward.
Ward 12 Manager, Elaine Khan, hosted the visits and she spoke of the fantastic team spirit and togetherness on Ward 12, which makes it such a positive environment to work in.
Elaine, said: "I am very proud of all the work that has gone on from the team to make Ward 12 such a fantastic place to work. The facilities are outstanding, but it takes more than that to make a real difference to our patients and we've managed to combine a brilliant team ethic with world-class facilities, which make for an extremely positive environment for our patients to receive their care.
"Today is all about embracing our new ward and highlighting all the hard work that has gone on from the staff, to an external audience. It's a real privilege to be able to show local community leaders around the ward and showcase the huge changes and improvements that are continuing to take place at County Hospital.
"We've been here on the new ward since April 22, 2017 and we've had some fantastic feedback from patients, they absolutely love the thought and consideration that has gone into making the ward a calm and relaxing environment for respiratory patients. It's great for the nursing staff aswell as it provides them more space to operate and go about their clinical duties a safe manner."
The Ward 12 team have been recognised for their work recently via the Clinical Excellence Framework (CEF) awards. The team won the highest, platinum, award as they demonstrated their expertise in each of the assessed categories. Moving forward, the Excellence in Practice Accreditation Scheme (EPAS) is on the radar, and the team are hopeful of achieving that particular recognition in the near future.
Deborah Challinor, Matron, said: "There's been a lot of refurbishment across County Hospital, and Ward 12 is one part of the jigsaw that makes up the regeneration project that is on-going here. We're really proud of how ward is operating and the fact that the patients and their specific needs have been tailored to, really shines through here.
"Days like today are great for us to be able showcase the quality work that goes on every single day at County Hospital. Moving forward we hope to be able to show the local population what brilliant facilities we have here at County and the services on offer."