Major changes have been made to the layout and decoration on Radnor Ward following a £1.2m investment in intensive care facilities at Salisbury District Hospital. This includes £300,000 left by a former patient in her Will to the Stars Appeal which has provided additional state-of-the-art equipment.
As part of the improvements the ward has been expanded and refurbished using space, light and “spring” colours in the design. These provide a calm, sensitive and therapeutic environment for patients who are seriously ill and more comforting surroundings for relatives and carers.
There are now four new side rooms which make it easier for the clinical management of patients and their protection from infection issues. Additional space and potential for expansion also provides more flexibility and the ability to provide faster access to intensive care for patients whose condition may be deteriorating in other parts of the hospital.
A new quiet room has also been created so that relatives and carers can spend time away from the bedside for reflection, with a separate family room, social area and kitchen which is important where people need to spend long periods on the ward with their loved ones.
Julia Galley, Lead Nurse for Intensive Care said. “From the moment you walk through the entrance corridor the Intensive Care Unit feels more welcoming and homely, through careful use of light, space and colour. There are also large scale photographs of local landscape scenes by Martin Cook who is a keen photographer and consultant anaesthetist on the unit, which also gives a fresh and positive feel when you arrive.”
“The ward areas are also light and airy with state-of-the-art ceiling-mounted medical pendant systems that enable monitors, ventilation systems and electrical cables to be moved off the floor and out of the way. This provides more space where relatives can comfort their loved ones and help staff who need to work closely with patients."
“Because of the nature of intensive care and the drugs needed to treat critical illness, some patients sometimes experience delirium. Plain walls, light colours and adjustable lighting can all increase the sense of day and night and help to ease confusion. Medical pendant systems also have an additional benefit in an intensive care unit, helping to reduce the possible feeling of clutter, which in itself can provide unwanted visual stimulation for patients who are not sedated but need intensive care.”
Mrs Galley added: “ This really is a fantastic development which has real benefits for our patients, relatives and our staff and we have already received so much positive feedback about the surroundings and the overall feel of the unit.”
Mrs Janet Hunt (nee Brady), who sadly passed away in 2012, left her farmhouse near Gillingham to the Hospital. Mrs Hunt made the request that the proceeds from the sale of her house be used to benefit patients on the Hospital's Intensive Care Unit, where she had been treated as a patient.
Mrs Hunt's sister, Mrs Shirley Pearce said: “My sister always believed in looking after those that looked after her, and her gift to Radnor Ward was her way of doing just that and acknowledging all the dedicated care she had received there. My family and I are looking forward to seeing the transformation that Janet's gift has made possible and to learning more about how it will help so many people."
Leaving a legacy to Salisbury District Hospital is one of the most valuable and lasting ways to support the Hospital’s work. To discuss how your support could help provide the best health care for future generations, please contact Dave Cates at the Stars Appeal on 01722 429005.