University Hospitals of North Midlands is launching a new Elective Orthopaedic Unit at County Hospital on Monday 18 July 2016. 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% and more toilets and en-suite facilities have been introduced.
Janice Wood, Sister, said: 'The move into the new ward over the weekend 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."
The launch of the new Elective Orthopaedic Unit will also allow other areas to decant to allow further works to take place. Respiratory patients on Ward 12 will move to Ward 8 and Ward 6 on Friday 22 July 2016 to allow another new £3m ward to be constructed. At the same time the Specialised Neurosciences Unit will temporarily move to Ward 6 to allow works to take place on Ward 7.
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.