New ward has opened at Scunthorpe hospital

A £2million programme of refurbishment has been completed which has seen the transformation of former offices into a new surgical ward at Scunthorpe General Hospital.

The works, which have taken eight months to complete, have seen the offices replaced with a bright, light and dementia friendly ward which will care for surgical patients who are admitted as emergencies.

The complete transformation has been undertaken to not only create additional bed spaces but also to help improve the flow of patients across the surgical and medical floors.

Deborah Bagley, deputy head of nursing for surgery and critical care, said: “The old offices were housed in an administration block which we have transformed into a 25 bedded area which has four bays with five beds in each, and five single rooms with ensuites.”

Ward 25, a surgical ward, has moved into the new ward 29 area. This move means the majority of our surgical wards are now located on the same level of the hospital.

Debbie said: “It is amazing how we have been able to breathe new life into a previous administrative area and bring it back into use for patients. The new area will help improve the patient experience as it has a fully climate controlled environment that enables better quality of care for patients, and the area is bright and welcoming.”

The development also frees up the ward 25 area which will be used for future ward upgrades, as well as an additional area if it is needed as part of the Trust’s plans for winter.

Deborah said: “It is great news that we have been able to continue the works on ward 29 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is thanks to our staff and that of the contractors who have worked tirelessly to complete this project.

“The great news is those patients requiring emergency admission for something that may require surgery will now have access to this lovely new ward.”

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