THE re-design of one of Borders General Hospital’s wards has been hailed a success, as according to NHS Borders chair, John Raine, 18 months on from its opening, the planned surgical admissions unit (formerly Ward 8) is ensuring patients needs are better served than ever.
The unit was designed to increase the number of adult day case and day admission patients and better meet their needs by creating a more suitable clinical environment. Patient safety and quality of care are the core factors in the operation of the unit.
Catering for three stages of a patient’s journey, the new unit offers an admissions lounge for patients prior to surgery, a post-operation recovery area, and a further recovery area of recliner chairs for patients prior to their discharge or transfer.
It also has two examination rooms, a clinical preparation area, a multi-disciplinary work area for staff, increased storage areas, as well as additional washbasins, toilets and assisted showers and changing rooms.
An average of 18 patients per day are treated through the specialist unit, and the aim is to cater for 2000 day case patients per year. In the first year of operation the unit has already contributed to a 135% increase in orthopaedic day cases. This also means that the number of elective inpatients staying overnight has reduced, as patients are treated as day cases where medically appropriate.