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First patients move in to Jubilee Building - 19 March 2014

First patients move in to Jubilee Building - 19 March 2014

The first patients have now moved in to Musgrove Park Hospital’s new Jubilee Building, marking the culmination of years of hard work and planning by staff right across the hospital to improve facilities for patients.Richard Brown

Orthopaedic surgical patients are now being cared for on level 1, Hestercombe Ward, of the building, with the ground floor ward (Barrington) and second floor ward (Montacute) due to open to patients at the end of the month.
One of the first patients to get to experience the fantastic new single en-suite rooms in Hestercombe Ward was Richard Brown, from Taunton, who was admitted to have a hip replacement.  He said: “I’ve been in a few other wards and in other hospitals over the years and I must say this is wonderful. I’ve been calling it the Musgrove Hilton. 
“You really can’t fault the facilities they now have here and all the staff have been so helpful and caring.”
The Jubilee building is a three-storey building containing three wards and 112 en-suite bedrooms. It will replace 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.
Chairman Rosalinde Wyke said: “This is a key moment for Musgrove and the culmination of many years of hard work and planning by many people across the hospital.
“To have such fantastic state-of-the-art facilities for our patients really underlines our commitment to being the hospital of choice for patients in Somerset needing elective surgery as well as providing the highest quality care to all our patients.
“It is wonderful news that our patients are now starting to benefit from these facilities and that it provides them with a relaxing environment that will help air their recovery.”
Pictured are: One of the first patients in the new Jubilee building, Richard Brown and one of the new rooms in the Jubilee Building.