New wards add capacity at Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Two new wards which will add an additional 31 beds at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh have welcomed patients for the first time.
 
Construction began last summer on Ward 120, a 25 bedded trauma orthopaedic area and Ward 220, a 26 bedded elective orthopaedic ward.
 
The development also involved a reconfiguration of wards 109 and 209, with the space vacated by the move of orthopaedic patients now being used to treat patients in general medicine and care of the elderly.
 
In the new wards there are ceiling hoists over five of the beds to aid patient movement and reduce the risk of staff injury.
 
The new areas also include seven naturally lit ensuite single rooms to help support infection prevention and control.
 
Diane Gorrie-Robertson, from Edinburgh, is a patient on ward 220 and is delighted with her new surroundings. Diane said: “The rooms are bigger and for an orthopaedic ward I think that’s very important. It’s more spacious with good accessibility and the brightness of the rooms also helps to lift the mood for patients like myself.
 
“The staff here have always been fantastic with me and I have to say that the environment matches the level of care they provide.”
 
Senior Charge Nurse Fiona Morrison is excited about having the new areas up and running. Fiona said, “A lot of effort has gone into getting these new wards ready and I am delighted they are now welcoming patients.
 
“Having the new beds in a setting which is appropriate for each patient is so important. All the staff on the ward are looking forward to providing care in first-class facilities.”
 
Lyn McDonald, Hospital Director, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, NHS Lothian said: “This is an exciting development for the hospital. The staff have been fantastic during the construction process and have proved vital in informing the development with their own experiences, skills and expertise.
 
“Clearly there will be a huge benefit to patients and having these new wards will allow us to improve the patient experience on the site.”
 
Shona Dryburgh, Consort Healthcare Hospital Manager, said: “We have worked in partnership with NHS Lothian to provide these additional beds at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
 
“The works to fully integrate the new wards into the existing hospital services were complex and we would like to thank hospital staff for their cooperation and patience during the construction phase. 
 
“We are delighted with the design and overall ambience of the wards and believe they will create a comfortable environment for patients.”​
03/03/2014