The media morning will provide an opportunity to see the new facilities and talk to staff about the new building and what it will mean for their patients prior to a week-long move of services that starts on 12 May 2006.
The regional burns service, three of the five elderly care wards, plastic surgery, maxillo facial outpatients, Medical Photography, Speech Therapy and the Laser Treatment Centre will all move from the older southern end of the Salisbury District Hospital site to the new extension. Two orthopaedic wards, orthopaedic and plastic surgery therapy services and the medical secretaries will also move into the new building.
Dr Frank Harsent, Chief Executive of Salisbury Health Care NHS Trust said: "The new building was designed using the views of local people, patients and hospital staff and this really is an exciting time for them. This is the largest development seen on this site since phase one of the hospital was built in 1993, and it means that key services provided from the older southern part of the hospital will now be located in a modern building attached to the main hospital on the north side of the site."
The new burns accommodation will be situated on level four and will have its own dedicated operating theatre. It will be located near the Intensive Therapy Unit so that it can access critical care support for people with serious burn injuries.
Orthopaedics will have its own purpose built accommodation and this will also be located on level four of the new building close to main theatres.
Plastic surgery and maxillo facial outpatients will have its own department on level three, so that it links in with general outpatient and diagnostic services on the same level in the existing hospital. The medical and elderly wards will be situated on level two next to the Nunton Unit, which provides physiotherapy.
In designing the new building, the aim was to maximise natural daylight and ensure that patients in ward areas can enjoy excellent views across the Wiltshire countryside.
Overall bed numbers will remain the same, although the percentage of single rooms in the specialties to be moved will increase from 25 to 40 per-cent. The remaining ward areas in the new development will have four bedded bays with en-suite bathrooms and toilets.
Dr Harsent said: " The majority of the services moving to the new development are located on the older south side of the site. This new development will not only enable them to have their own modern, purpose-built accommodation, but it will also mean that they will have natural links to the acute and diagnostic services in the newer part of the hospital."
Dr Harsent added: "We will also be looking closely with our strategic partners at the needs of the local health community and how best we can utilise the vacated area on the south side, bearing in mind that the Hospice remains a key service on this part of the site." Ends
Notes to editors:
The media morning will start at 9.30am prompt on 10 May 2006 and reporters and photographers are asked to come to the disabled car park outside the new extension at the back of the hospital. This can be accessed at 9.15am.
Reporters and photographers must contact Patrick Butler (details below) to confirm attendance beforehand.
For adjoining sheet with Media morning timetable please contact Patrick Butler (details below).We can also provide a timetable of the move for information.
If you would further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury Health Care NHS Trust. Tel: 01722 425170