Hospital's inpatients unit to open before Christmas after almost two-year closure
PUBLISHED: 07:14 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 07:14 29 November 2017
Clevedon hospital's inpatients' unit will reopen in time for Christmas following a 21-month-long renovation project.
The ward closed in March 2016 for a £417,000 refurbishment scheme to be carried out after a 2014 Care Quality Commission report criticised dampness, a leaky roof and uneven flooring in the building.
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New equipment has since been installed, while the unit has been redecorated and made more user-friendly for any dementia patients.
But the number of hospital beds has been reduced from 17 to 11, consisting of eight rehabilitation and three ambulatory care beds.
The project has been beset by delays with a completion target of February pushed back after asbestos was discovered.
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But director of operations at North Somerset Community Partnership (NSCP), Sara Harding, has confirmed the unit will reopen in December in time for the busy winter months.
She added: “We are delighted to be in the final phase of the building works at the inpatients’ unit.
“This has been a key project for NSCP.”
Ms Harding added: “We are planning to be open in time for Christmas which will ensure our inpatients unit is ready to assist the wider healthcare system in North Somerset and beyond by ensuring the additional beds are available for patients during the busy winter period.
“I would personally like to thank everyone who has been involved in the building works, the League of Friends of the hospital, North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, as well as the wider community of Clevedon and North Somerset who have been so supportive during this project.”
The hospital, which will officially be renamed North Somerset Community Hospital when it fully reopens, is also in need of new staff.
Employees are wanted to provide a housekeeping service at the hospital to carry out services such as catering and cleaning, and deal with equipment and supplies.
NSCP divisional lead for rehabilitation services Cath Williams said: “With the high rate of employment in Clevedon we have had fewer applicants than we would have expected.”
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