Hospital ready for patients
THE new purpose-built £10 million Tewkesbury Community Hospital will finally be fully operational and accepting patients from Monday.
Outpatient clinics will be transferred to the new facilities from this date, as will the hospital's new Minor Injuries Unit.
It comes more than two months since the hospital was due to open and staff have been working in the old hospital next door in the meantime.
This week, contractor Seddon Construction handed over Tewkesbury Community Hospital to Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, which runs the county's seven community hospitals.
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The new facilities include 20 inpatient beds, X-ray, a minor injuries unit, facilities for outpatients clinic as now, theatre with recovery suite for day case and minor surgical procedures, and an assessment and rehabilitation unit.
Susan Field, director of adult services for the Trust, said: "I am delighted that after some weeks of delay to resolve technical issues with the building, the hospital is ready to open, and I am confident that patients and their relatives and friends will enjoy the many benefits that our modern new facility can offer.
"We are grateful for the understanding and support of the local community and the League of Friends, and our move next week marks the start of an exciting new era for local health and social care services in Tewkesbury and the surrounding areas."
Julie Ellery, matron for Tewkesbury Community Hospital, said: "Our staff have been fantastic throughout, showing real flexibility in their approach, working as a team to respond to the unexpected delays, and, above all, continuing to care for patients and their families with great skill and dedication."
The Trust's head of estates, Mark Parsons, said there was a desire to make the hospital site as environmentally-friendly as possible.