Barts Health NHS Trust has invested £850K to completely revamp one of the oldest wards located at Whipps Cross Hospital. The new Chestnut Ward incorporates a dementia-friendly design, and has transformed the ward into a modern facility, with improved features that enhance patient safety, infection control, privacy and dignity.
Transforming Chestnut Ward is part of a four year refurbishment programme, that will upgrade all existing wards to ensure they meet safety requirements and improve patient experience.
Previously an open ‘nightingale-style’ ward, Chestnut is now an airy 12 bedded ward which is bright and spacious. There is a six bed bay, a double side room and four single rooms which have ensuite toilet and showering facilities. The new ward is for elective orthopaedic patients that are undergoing surgical procedures to correct bone or muscle damage. Elective procedures include operations such as hip or knee replacements.
Ward Manager Bea said that the facilities on the new ward have boosted staff morale, and have already been praised by patients. “Our brand new home makes such a difference to our working environment. The ward has more space and we have a greater capacity to ensure that elective procedures aren’t cancelled and can go ahead. This will help patients to get home quickly and reduce their time in hospital.
One gentleman who stayed with us on our former Sage Ward last year agreed that the new ward is a nicer environment and that our quality of care remains excellent.”
Rob Speight, Head of Estates said: “Not only does this improvement work help us to meet required standards for safety, we’ve also taken the opportunity to improve the experience for those on the ward. We’ve improved infection control and installed additional facilities including side rooms and bathrooms for patients.
A huge effort has been put in by everyone involved with this project. This makes a difference to the quality of care our patients receive and to our staff who work hard to deliver excellent care.”
Barts Health NHS Trust has exciting plans to redevelop Whipps Cross Hospital, but is continuing to invest in the existing facilities to make sure they meet required safety standards and offer today’s patients the best care possible.