PATIENTS were today being cared for in a new £550,000 emergency department observation ward at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
The new Rapid Assessment Area will bring improvements for patients in terms of better facilities and improved patient privacy and dignity.
Peggie Stott is the first patient to use the area and said she was delighted with the new surroundings.
She said: “It’s so lovely in here and quiet after the hustle of A&E.
“It’s really restful and calming.”
The ward, consisting of two four-bedded units and two single rooms all with en-suite facilities, will be used for patients needing observation over a 24 hour period.
John Quinn, directorate manager for emergency and acute medicine, said the new assessment area, along with the recent refurbishment in the major emergency area, means the unit now meets the demands of the 21st century.
He said: “This gives us the space to manage patients in a better and even more dignified way.”
The unit completes a major refurbishment of the emergency department which has been ongoing since September.
Mr Quinn added: “As patient demand changed it became necessary to rejuvenate what was a tired environment to make the new emergency department fit for purpose.
“We can give patients the highest possible care in the best possible surroundings.”
Philip Davies, Capital projects manager, added: “The opening of this unit completes the emergency department work and we would like the thank patients and visitors for bearing with us during the building work.
“We are delighted to have hit the tight time constraints with what is undoubtedly a quality redevelopment achieved through excellent team work between the hospital and contractors Laing O’Rourke.”