Hospital ready for a facelift on wards

Courtney Bickerdike at Clifton Hospital, where renovations are taking place.
Courtney Bickerdike at Clifton Hospital, where renovations are taking place.
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Renovations to make a hospital “brighter and more welcoming” have begun.

Clifton Hospital, in St Annes, has given a much-needed facelift to the care of the elderly wards, including the creation of the hospital’s own gym.

Work has begun on ward one, where the day room will be altered to create a doorway into the hospital gardens.

A new gym will be added to help with the rehabilitation of patients needing physiotherapy, and also to keep elderly patients more active.

Matron at the hospital, Courtney Bickerdike, said: “These changes will improve the patient experience. The wards will be opened to make them brighter and more welcoming.

“There will be access to the gardens so patients can get fresh air in a pleasing environment. Each room will be painted and decorated differently, so patients can find their way around easier too.

“Research has repeatedly confirmed that a supportive and welcoming environment can have positive effects on both those who visit hospitals – whether as patients or visitors and those who work in them.

She added: “The biggest changes for us, though, will be the work around rehabilitation and the treatment of dementia.

“The gym will be a fantastic addition as will the specially designed kitchen which patients will be able to use to get used to doing those household jobs we take for granted.

“Things like making a cup of tea can be a struggle to someone who has had an operation on their arm so this will give them chance to build their strength in a safe environment.”

The work is set to last around eight weeks.