First inpatients benefit from the new Pinderfields Hospital
22 June 2010
This week saw the first inpatients move in to the brand new Pinderfields Hospital.
The brand new Spinal Injuries Centre opened on 21 June with the new Neurology and Stroke Unit and specialist Neuro Rehab Ward opening on 22 June.
Spinal injuries patient David Naylor from York said: “The new centre is well equipped and spacious, easy to navigate in the wheelchair with great purpose built facilities. It will be a tremendous asset to the region. A fitting new home for the dedicated staff and all patients old and new.”
Alison Sharp, Sister on the new Neurology and Stroke Unit, said: "For patients who have suffered a stroke or brain injury, it is important that they quickly get access to right kind of hospital care provided by experts. In the new unit, our dedicated team of nurses, doctors and therapists will provide the most specialist care for patients in order to help them recover more quickly and improve their long-term prospects.”
Margaret Hulme, Sister on the Neuro Rehab Ward, said: “We are providing the same high quality care as we do now in a modern and welcoming environment for patients. Because we are situated next door to the Neurology and Stroke Unit, we work closely with the acute team to ensure that patients start longer-term rehab where appropriate, and help them to get better more quickly.”
The new Regional Spinal Injuries Centre
Staff in the centre can care for up to 30 patients on the ward at any one time. They also provide inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation sessions in the modern new rehab unit.
The ward offers greater privacy and dignity with single rooms and ensuite facilities and a separate day room for patients to spend time with their relatives. There are more patient comforts such as bedside entertainment, electric height adjustable ‘profile beds’ and a bath trolley to help patients safely get into the bath.
The modern new gym for rehabilitation has the latest kit and technology and includes a court area for sports such as basketball and table tennis, IT facilities and a ‘conditioning suite’, which has a range of cardiovascular machines including specialised treadmills.
The new gym has been installed thanks to a £2.5 million donation by The Stepping Stones Appeal charity and means that our spinal injuries centre has some of the best facilities in the country for spinal injuries rehabilitation.
The Neurology and Stroke Unit and the Neuro Rehab Ward
The new Neurology and Stroke Unit brings together a dedicated team of nurses, doctors and therapists who provide the most specialist care for patients in order to help them recovery more quickly and improve their prospects for the long-term.
The team also work closely with the neurology rehab ward next door who provide care for neurology patients across the region needing longer-term rehabilitation.
The new neurology rehab ward brings together a dedicated team of therapists to provide the best possible care for patients that need longer-term rehabilitation in order to help them recovery more quickly and improve their prospects.
Both the Neurology and Stroke Unit and the Neuro Rehab Ward have been purpose-built to support recovery including:
- Specialist hoists have been fitted to help patients get on their feet more quickly and support the safe transfer of patients.
- Patients have access to a purpose-built garden area designed for relaxation and recovery.
- Patients are benefiting from bedside entertainment systems featuring TV, radio and telephone and a new day room and dining area. This allows patients to meet socially, and to eat meals away from their beds.
- The facility has more space to house patient equipment, such as wheelchairs and specialist chairs.
Notes to editors:
- Alongside the excellent modern hospital in Dewsbury, the new state-of-the-art Pontefract and Wakefield hospitals will help transform local patient care.
- When the new hospitals are fully open, the new Pinderfields Hospital will provide comprehensive care for all patients, including the most seriously ill, with the focus of the new Pontefract Hospital on the majority of hospital patients who are less seriously ill. The majority of hospital care will continue to be provided locally and there are also plans to introduce new services.
Issued by Emma Scales