A 200 foot crane has lifted 15 units into place that will create one large new outpatient eye department at Salisbury District Hospital.
This marks a key milestone in the major £3 million project that will see changes right across the hospital site to help improve the way staff are able to manage emergency and non-emergency patients in the future.
The changes include the remodelling of ward templates, expansion of the Acute Medical Unit, the creation of a short stay surgical unit and the new purpose designed outpatient area for eye patients.
The units were designed using the views of clinical teams and feedback from patients. It was built off site and transported on lorries to Salisbury District Hospital.
The new eye department, which is set to open in the autumn, will revolutionise eye care for patients at Salisbury District Hospital. The current eye department is located across two separate sections on level 3 of the hospital. This makes it difficult for staff to manage eye clinics. It is also confusing for patients, which affects their overall experience of the service.
Cara Charles-Barks, Chief Executive said: “The new department will have more space, better waiting areas and a brighter, colourful and more welcoming environment, which is designed specifically with our eye patients’ needs in mind. For our staff, it will make it easier for them to manage the movement of patients during clinics, improving the overall care we can provide for them.”
Work on other parts of the project are ongoing with the movement of medical and surgical wards taking place and the redesign and refurbishment of other areas, including the expanded acute medical unit.
With the changes being made across the site there are a number of new and exciting opportunities for people who are looking for a new job in nursing or are looking to further their professional career. To find out more about jobs and careers available visit the Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust page on NHS jobs at: www.jobs.nhs.uk or contact 01722 429345.
The Trust will shortly have displays in Springs Restaurant on level 2 at Salisbury District Hospital, which will give patients more information about the changes that are taking place across the site.