Ward re-opens after major refurbishment

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A WARD at the Conquest Hospital has reopened following extensive refurbishment work.

Wellington Ward, which specialises in diabetes and endocrinology, has been completely transformed by the work and is now seen as the template locally for what hospital wards could look like in the future.

Hospital bosses hope the work will improve the privacy and dignity of patients, as well as the ward’s ability to isolate patients for infection control purposes if needed.

The refurbishment has seen four new single en-suite rooms set up and new LED lighting installed, with lights above each bed which can be operated from the patient’s call button.

The single rooms can be used for patients who have a confirmed infection such as meningitis, MRSA or Clostridium difficile (C diff). To enhance infection control, all surfaces within the ward are anti-bacterial and all doors and blinds have been coated with a solution to help prevent the spread of infection.

The ward is also the first in East Sussex to have a room with facilities for larger framed patients, with a hoist system on tracks that can move a patient weighing up to 79 stone around the room, for example from a wheelchair to the bed or to the bathroom. The refurbishment of Wellington ward is a pilot project on the hospital trust’s ‘future ward’ programme which, if successful, could be rolled out to other wards at the Conquest and Eastbourne DGH.

Deirdre Connors, head of nursing in specialist medicine, said: “The team on Wellington ward includes nurses from several specialities, ensuring that staff bring a wide range of experience and skills to the clinical area.

“The quality of care provided for patients on Wellington ward has always been of a very high standard which will continue. Patients will now get added benefit of the improved environment.”