SWAFFHAM: Cash injection should secure hospital future
A £900,000 refurbishment project under way at Swaffham Community Hospital should secure its future, it is claimed.
The major scheme aims to improve infection control, patient privacy and dignity and make the unit safer for staff and patients. Work is due to finish in the summer.
A new waiting and reception area will help keep the inpatient ward and outpatient clinic areas separate.
The physiotherapy outpatient area will be refurbished and expanded to allow group activities, and the nurses’ station is set to be updated to improve confidentiality.
The 18-bed ward will get new wash basins and the shower will be converted into a larger wet room to give patients more space and the choice between a bath or shower.
David Gulliver, chairman of the hospital’s League of Friends, said: “It’s fantastic news for the hospital and secures its future which is so vitally important for us and the villages looked after by the surgeries here in Swaffham.”
Six years ago, the hospital, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary, was threatened with closure and saved by a public campaign.
Matron Lorraine Campbell said: “These upgrades will enable the hard-working NHS staff at the unit to continue to provide the very best care to local people for years to come and will really benefit our patients and their families.”
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