Ceremony to officially open £417,000 unit at hospital

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 April 2018

North Somerset MP Dr Liam Fox reopened the unit.

North Somerset MP Dr Liam Fox reopened the unit.

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The inpatient unit at Clevedon’s North Somerset Community Hospital has been officially reopened after a £417,000 revamp.

A plaque was unveiled at the reopening.A plaque was unveiled at the reopening.

The building, made up of the Elton Rehabilitation Unit and Lister Ambulatory Unit, had been closed for almost two years since March 2016 following a critical Care Qualiy Commission (CQC) Inspection.

The CQC’s report highlighted issues including dampness and an uneven floor which have been put right despite setbacks due to the discovery of asbestos.

Although the unit has been accepting patients since before Christmas, North Somerset MP Dr Liam Fox officially reopened the facility during a ceremony.

North Somerset Community Partnership (NSCP) operations director Sara Harding said: “We are really pleased the main building is now officially open and thank Dr Fox for supporting the opening.

North Somerset MP Dr Liam Fox reopened the unit.North Somerset MP Dr Liam Fox reopened the unit.

“The unit started treating patients just before Christmas and this has ensured they have each benefited from recovery time outside of an acute hospital.

“It also eased some pressure on the acute hospitals at a time when they were extremely busy.

“I would like to thank our dedicated team of therapists, nurses, doctors, support workers and ancillary staff who have all helped to improve the lives of so many patients in the new units already.”

Dr Fox added: “I am delighted to have officially reopened the inpatient unit at our community hospital here in Clevedon.

“It is a fantastic asset to Clevedon, as well as the wider area of North Somerset.”

The Elton Rehabilitation Unit provides intensive therapy and 24-hour nursing support to allow patients with ongoing needs to move out of an acute hospital bed.

The Lister Ambulatory Unit, which has been relocated below the rehabilitation facility, offers intravenous treatment which would normally have to be given in an acute hospital. Staff can also visit patients at home if they are too unwell to attend the unit.

Despite the improvements made to the unit, the number of beds has been reduced from 17 to 11, comprising three ambulatory care beds and eight rehabilitation beds.

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