HOSPITAL GETS 20 NEW BEDS
October 16, 2002
WOKINGHAM Hospital will be able to care for 20 more patients when a new £1 million ward opens later this month.
The ward will offer 20 new orthopaedic ‘step down' beds to help patients rehabilitate after surgery at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.
It has been made possible by investment from the Wokingham Primary Care Trust (PCT), which allocates funding in the area.
There will also be single sex accommodation, purpose built physiotherapy and occupational therapy areas, as well as better reception areas for the public and facilities for visiting nurses.
A new ground floor reception and conference room is also part of the development.
Dr Derek Munday, clinical director, said: "These additional beds form part of the Action on Orthopaedics programme developed by the PCT and the Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospital's Trust.
"This will help reduce waiting times for local orthopaedic patients and allow them to be discharged earlier from the RBH.
"These beds are in addition to the 30 elderly and intermediate care beds already on site, and although the care and treatment of patients in them will be by health staff, we will work closely with social services to help patients to return home as quickly as possible."
Sue Heatherington, the PCT chief executive, said: "We want to maintain the high quality patient care and therefore need to ensure we have a full complement of staff.
"We have a lot to offer staff and good rates of pay, training and flexible work hours.
"I am sure those who want to work here will enjoy working in our friendly team."
Anyone interested in applying for any of the positions can get an application form by calling the 24-hour recruitment line on (0118) 949 5061.