£40m health unit sees first patient

BLACKPOOL Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has welcomed its first patient to the new �40 million Surgical Centre at Blackpool Victoria Hospital
BLACKPOOL Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has welcomed its first patient to the new �40 million Surgical Centre at Blackpool Victoria Hospital
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A BISPHAM woman has become the first patient treated at Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s new £40m surgical centre.

A BISPHAM woman has become the first patient treated at Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s new £40m surgical centre.

The new unit on the Whinney Heys Road site boasts 10 state-of-the-art operating theatres and 61 in-patient beds.

Extra privacy for patients is guaranteed as half of the new beds are in single en suite rooms.

And Jane Dempsey said she was delighted to be the first to experience the unit.

She added: “Before my surgery I’d spent a few days in the main hospital, so I was shocked to find myself in a modern, private room when I awoke.

“It was great to wake up in such lovely surroundings and the rooms are very comfortable and calming – the perfect place to recover from surgery. The staff have all been fantastic and it was great to see them all as they welcomed me on to the new ward.”

The three-storey surgical unit has been purpose-built on the site. It will become fully operational from Monday and has been designed to bring operations for ear nose and throat, gynaecology, urology, orthopaedic, general surgery and surgical high care under one roof.

Staff should also benefit from the facilities in the new unit.

Their new working environment has an educational facility and has also brought in a lot of highest quality medical equipment.

Beverly Lester, chairman of the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust welcomed Mrs Dempsey to the new centre in person and presented her with a bouquet of flowers.

She said: “You can’t underestimate the importance of a new building.

Facilities

“Nobody likes being in hospital, so it’s about making the patient feel as comfortable as possible while they are here.

“We had very good facilities in the old surgical units, but this purpose-built centre puts every element involved in operations under one roof.

“It’s more inviting with bright and fresh rooms. I was delighted to welcome Mrs Dempsey to the centre and look forward to its opening.”