Warwick Hospital has opened three new wards in a £12 million orthopaedic development including new paid-for care suites for NHS patients.
The new orthopaedic building was opened on Monday after over a year of planning and building work in what was celebrated by the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust.
It is great to see staff and patients in the facilitiesGlen Burley
Warwick and Leamington MP, Chris White joined staff to officially open the new site which offers care across three floors and provides the hospital’s latest initiative to offer paid-for wards for patients.
Speaking about the 57 new beds over three floors, Glen Burley, trust chief executive said: “I am really pleased that the new wards are now officially open.
“It is great to see staff and patients in the facilities.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has been involved in the development.
“Having a dedicated area for our orthopaedic patients supports efficiency, helping our clinical teams to deliver safe, effective, compassionate care.”
The extension, which was started in 2014, now forms a centre of excellence for orthopaedic care and has been open to patients since December 2015.
The new wards are helping the NHS trust meet health care needs of an increasing and ageing population in South Warwickshire.
The ground floor is home to the Thomas Ward which provides trauma orthopaedic care. It was named after the Thomas Splint - a piece of medical equipment that is used in treating patients around the world.
Greville Ward is on the second floor and specially designed to treat elective orthopaedic patients. It was named after one of the Earls of Warwick to tie in with the town.
A trust spokesperson said that both of the new wards were designed and built with a focus on patients, which includes ensuring the floors an care given on them is fully dementia friendly.
The top floor of the new building is the Beauchamp Suite and offers NHS patients the option to book a single en-suite room to recover from their surgery.
The new scheme is designed to provide an add-on for NHS clinical care while bringing in funds to be invested back into the trust and hospital.
For a nightly fee, patients can get enhanced facilities in their rooms - such as private facilities - to help them recover.
All income is put back into the hospital to help boost income and secure the future of national health service care.
Pictured at the official opening of the new wards are: Chris White, orthopaedic surgeon, Steve Young; Consultant OIke Nwachukwu, Clinical Director for Orthopaedics, Glen Burley, Chief Executive and chairman, Russell Hardy.