The building work on the new Planned Surgical Admissions Unit (formerly Ward 8) in Borders General Hospital is complete and the Unit opened its doors to patients this week.
Work on this £347,000 project (which includes all construction, design costs, furniture, fittings and equipment) began in September 2010.
The Unit has been completely redesigned to create a dedicated planned surgical admission area for patients coming in to hospital on the day of their surgery.
It has been 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.
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.
Mary Wilson, NHS Borders chair, said: “The opening of the new Planned Surgical Admissions unit once again shows that we put patient safety and quality of care at the heart of all we do.
“We aim to deliver high quality health care at the right time and in the most appropriate way and this new Unit will enable us to do this. It really is an important step forward in the providing quality health care to meet the needs of the people of the Borders.”