A £1million ward revamp has significantly enhanced care for older patients at The James Cook University Hospital.
The ward 11 refurbishment, which was overseen by a nurse-led team and involved extensive feedback from staff, patients and carers, was funded by the trust’s PFI contract.
The improvements, which have taken six months to complete, provide a bright and modern ward for older patients with a range of needs.
Samantha Roberts, ward 11 manager at James Cook, part of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have a large multi-disciplined team delivering excellent patient care and now with the new ward we have the kind of facilities that really enhance our work.
“Bay areas have easily accessible oxygen points; the floor is refurbished in grey, not blue, so that patients with dementia do not mistake it for water, as can sometimes be the case, and there is extra space with more rooms, enabling improved discretion for difficult conversations that need to be had.
“The most significant change is the increase in bathrooms on the ward and disabled wet rooms. This increases the number of patients that can access these facilities, which will help to promote mobility but also to support those with limited mobility.”
The make-over has included a replacement of the nurse call system and increases in electrical points and medical gas outlets. A doctors’ office, a family and relatives’ room and dayroom have all been created providing much improved opportunities for privacy and dignity for patients and their families, along with improvements in storage facilities. The dayroom will also enable social dining, so patients can eat with their friends and family.
Kevin Oxley director of estates, ICT and health care records for the trust said: “We’re delighted with the new ward, which provides the highest standard of accommodation and facilities for patients, medical and nursing staff.
“It is very important we try to make the hospital environment as pleasant as possible for patients and their families and these improvements will support the healing and caring environment we want to provide.”
Improvements will now begin on ward 12 and the programme will continue until a further seven wards are refurbished in this block.