Friarage ward moves for better care

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A NUMBER of ward moves are set to take place at the Friarage Hospital this month.

Surgical and gynaecological services will be relocated to from a 30 bed ward at the Northallerton hospital, a move hospital managers said will help ensure the services provided are sustainable in the long term.

They also state the level of clinical services offered to patients will remain the same.

A series of moves will take place from mid-July, which will release wards to be deep-cleaned and have minor repairs done, before staff and patients move into their new accommodation.

By the end of July, the new ward lay-out at the Friarage will see the women’s health unit and the surgical, Allen, ward merging onto the Rutson, a rehabilitation unit, and existing maternity ward to create 30 in-patient beds and ten day-case beds with an admission and discharge area.

The Rutson wil be moving onto the vacated Allen ward and the maternity unit is moving into the vacated women’s health unit.

The changes follow a review into whether the Friarage was making the best use of beds for patients, with the emphasis very much on quality of care and patient safety.

It also involved open discussions with the union staffside along with representatives and staff on the wards. As a result some have been redeployed to work in other areas.

Divisional manager for women and children Fran Toller, who is leading the bed reconfiguration, said: “As a trust we have to look at working more effectively and efficiently within our available resources but in doing so we must make sure we can maintain high quality care and safe services for our patients and staff.

“Before making any decision like this we look at whether it’s right for patients, look at the day-to-day activity of the hospital such as the patient numbers coming in and the existing environment and get feedback from staff about current pressures on wards.

“The ward moves will mean we are providing more clinically appropriate accommodation without affecting the services offered to patients.”