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31 August 2010 at 16:35

As part of our continual commitment to improve and upgrade our patient facilities a new, larger observation ward has opened at Southport & Formby District General Hospital.

The new ward has nine beds, including two side rooms, and a chairs area where patients can go for a period of observation either after being seen in the accident and emergency department in order to assess whether admission as an inpatient is needed.

The new observation ward, which is within the accident and emergency area, is part of a five-phase programme of reconfiguration for the whole area. The programme will cost around £1.75 million and take up to two years to complete because the department has to remain open to provide the accident and emergency service to patients.

Dr Alan Owens, Lead Clinician for Accident and Emergency commented, "The new ward is much larger than the old one, it's light and airy and there is more room for each patient. It has better facilities, including two rooms that can be used, for example, if a patient has a suspected infection.

"We are looking forward to the refurbishment and reconfiguration of the rest of the department, but realise it might at times be difficult for our patients during the work – we hope they will bear with us and apologise for any inconvenience they might experience."

Pictures show two views of the new observation ward






Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714