Garden theme wins Jubilee ward naming - 01 July 2013

Garden theme wins Jubilee ward naming - 01 July 2013

Musgrove Park Hospital has announced the winning names for the three new wards in the Jubilee Building.

The three wards, one on each level of the new 112 single bedroom building, will be named after popular gardens in Somerset: Montacute, Hestercombe and Barrington.

The Gardens theme was chosen by Staff, Members and Governors following a vote. Suggestions were initially invited for a theme for the building, and individual ward names, from which a short list of two was then produced for everyone to vote on.

The voting was overwhelmingly in favour of the Gardens theme.

Peter Joyce, Surgical Planning Manager, said: “We greatly appreciate the involvement of our staff, Governors and Members in making this decision because of the Jubilee Building’s importance for the future of Musgrove Park Hospital. The new wards’ building will provide a fabulous opportunity for our staff to improve the care they can give to surgical patients and the whole experience of their stay in hospital.

“Although we had many really good suggestions for themes and ward names, it was clear in the end that people thought the gardens would evoke a calm, tranquil setting for patients to help them to relax and recover quickly.”

The announcement of the ward names is just the latest development for the Jubilee Building. It was made watertight in May and is on schedule to open its doors to its first patients in early 2014.

Work is now focusing on making the Central Concourse, which will join the Jubilee Building to the rest of the hospital, watertight by the end of July, and on the complex fitting-out of the inside of the Jubilee building itself.

Speaking about the project’s progress; David Allwright, Musgrove’s Director of Corporate Planning and Performance, said: “It is great to see just how much progress has been made in the 15 months since we started work. The building will give us some of the most modern, high quality facilities within the NHS, meaning we can deliver even higher quality care and treatment.”

The £34 million building will have 112 single rooms with en-suite facilities. It replaces the Second World War vintage wards 1 to 5 in the Old Building and will enable patients to be cared for in accommodation fit for 21st century surgical treatment and care.

By having single bedrooms with ensuite shower rooms rather than multi-bed bays or open ‘Nightingale’ wards, there will be no problems with mixed sex accommodation. It will also help prevent infection and ensure the privacy and dignity of patients. There is also strong evidence that patients sleep better in single rooms as they are not disrupted by noise at night, which helps them to recover faster.

The construction company tasked with delivering the project is BAM.