Spinal patient Peter Hutchings returned to the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre to formally open the new £215,000 spinal outpatient department at Salisbury District Hospital.
The Centre's outpatient services provide life-long follow-up care for patients - from therapy and advice on equipment - to a whole range of support that helps improve the quality of life for spinal patients when they leave hospital.
Wendy Slater, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Spinal Injuries said: “ We provide a wide range of follow-up care for patients from across the south and south west of England and, following a spinal injury, our patients will receive ongoing care and support after they are discharged from hospital that will continue for the rest of their life.”
“When the Centre first opened in 1984 we had around 120 outpatients receiving care from our outpatient team and mainly through two hospital based outpatient clinics per week. Now we have over 2,500 outpatients and many more clinics run by doctors, nurses and therapy staff as well as an outreach clinic service.”
Mrs Slater said: “ The new department gives us more treatment rooms, better equipment and improved facilities that will give us more space and flexibility and enable us to provide better all-round outpatient care and support in improved surroundings.” Ends