THE OPENING of a new ward at Basildon Hospital was celebrated on Friday 6 December, just four months after planning permission was granted.
The 28 bed Burstead Ward was officially opened in a ribbon- cutting ceremony attended by John Baron, MP for Basildon and Billericay, Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock and Lisa Allen, Chief Nurse for Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group.
The ward is part of the Trust‟s plan to provide 67 more inpatient beds to meet the increased demand for emergency inpatient care that occurs every winter.
Clare Panniker, Chief Executive of the Trust, welcomed guests and thanked everyone who worked to ensure the new ward was constructed and made ready for patients in such a short time. She said: “It has been a great team effort. The additional 28 beds and the investment we have made in more staff will help to ensure our patients receive excellent and safe care, particularly during the busy winter period.”
Stephen Metcalfe MP said: “It is a credit to everyone involved that this project came together in four months, and I thank you all on behalf of the people of Basildon and the wider area. We know the Trust has had its challenges, but I think it is turning a corner.”
John Baron MP added his thanks, saying: “Well done to the team involved, and on behalf of my constituents, thanks to all the hospital staff for everything you do.”
Burstead Ward is equipped with new beds, mattresses and hoists, all meeting the latest high clinical standards. Other facilities include a treatment room where patients who have had colorectal surgery can receive care and advice from stoma nurses in complete privacy. The ward is “comfort cooled‟ keeping it warm in winter and cool in the summer.
The ward name was chosen following the tradition of naming wards at the hospital after local places.