A complete top-to-toe refurbishment worth £630,000 has begun in the dedicated cardiology and respiratory ward (C6) at St Helier.
As part of the works, the Coronary Care Unit (where the most acutely heart patients are cared for) will be extended and given a completely new layout; increasing the number of patients the area can care for, improving confidentiality for those on the ward and refining the way that equipment and medication is stored.
Improvements will also be made on the more general area of the ward, including the creation of a new single room with en-suite bathroom, improvements to the existing patient bay and a brand new ward reception where visitors to the ward will be greeted.
The refurbishment will also have an impact for staff behind the scenes, including a brand new clinical room (where medical equipment and medications will be kept).
Matron Tanya Fuller said: “As you could imagine, the patients that we care for on this ward can be very sick. They deserve the very best treatment from us, and their worried friends and family also need reassurance that their loved ones are being cared for in the best possible environment.
“While we pride ourselves on providing a high level of compassionate care delivered by nursing and medical experts, we are delighted that our ward environment is going to be so greatly improved. This is a really exciting opportunity for us, and we can’t wait for the new ward to open.”
Director of Estates, Facilities and Capital Projects, Trevor Fitzgerald, said: “We are incredibly proud to be making such a wealth of improvements to our hospitals this year, having ring-fenced £18 million to be spent on our buildings and new equipment. The refurbishment of C6 is one of our bigger projects, and I am confident it is going to have a marked impact for our patients, their relatives and our staff.
“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience during this time but hope you can bear with us as we create a modern, refurbished unit.”
As a result of the refurbishment, all patients being cared for in the ward have been transferred to a temporary home on C2 (the second floor of C block, in the hospital’s main building).
If you would like to visit a patient in the respiratory/medical area of C6, please go to B6 (the sixth floor of B block) where staff will show you the way through to this area.
For more information about the refurbishment, please speak to Project Manager Jen James on 020 8296 4945.