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Musgrove’s Jubilee Building is now fully opened - 03 April 2014

Musgrove’s Jubilee Building is now fully opened - 03 April 2014
Freda Mawson

Musgrove Park Hospital’s new state-of-the-art Jubilee Building is now fully open after the last two wards began admitting patients this weekend (Saturday, 29th March).

Barrington ward (ground floor) and Montacute ward (second floor) have now begun taking vascular, bariatric, colorectal, urology and upper gastro-intestinal surgical patients, joining orthopaedic and women’s health surgical patients, who moved to Hestercombe ward (first floor) on 15th March.

One of the patients to move from a ward in the Old Building into Montacute Ward was Freda Mawson from Chard. She came in for an operation on Monday 24th March and moved to Montacute Ward when it opened on Saturday, 29th March.

Speaking about the building she said: “It’s an absolutely incredibly building, so much bigger and better than the old wards.

“I know there were some concerns about people feeling lonely, but the staff are just outside whenever you need them and you have your own privacy and no concerns about other’s noise. I think we are very lucky that the hospital has invested in such facilities as this.”

Hospital Chairman Rosalinde Wyke said: “I am delighted that we now have patients in the new wards of the Jubilee Building as it means that patients in these areas are now benefitting from the exceptional facilities that the Jubilee building provides with its single en-suite rooms and state-of-the art facilities.

“The opening of the final two wards in this building really underlines our commitment to providing the highest quality care for our patients and being the hospital of choice for patients in Somerset.”

The Jubilee building is a three-storey building containing three wards and 112 en-suite bedrooms. It replaces four open plan ‘Nightingale’ wards in the Old Building.

The wards have been specially designed into four room ‘pod’s’ to allow nurses and other health care professionals more time to spend providing care directly to patients and to create an environment that improves patients’ safety and well-being.

Pictured is: Montacute Ward patient Freda Mawson