The new hospital development houses 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, which all moved from the older southern end of the Salisbury District Hospital site. Two orthopaedic wards, orthopaedic and plastic surgery therapy services and the medical secretaries also moved into the new building.
Dr Frank Harsent, Chief Executive of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said: " The move of these services from the older southern part of the Salisbury District Hospital site to a new modern building has had an enormous impact on the quality of care our staff can now provide for these patients."
"Improved links with acute, diagnostic and outpatient services in the newer part of the hospital, a dedicated operating theatre for burns patients, more space, maximised use of natural daylight and excellent views across the Wiltshire countryside, together with an increase in single rooms and en-suite bathroom and toilet facilities are key features of the new building."
"This is not only important for Salisbury and people throughout Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire who come to Salisbury District Hospital for general care, but also patients from across the whole region who need specialist treatment from our staff in burns and plastic surgery."
Luke March, Chairman of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. "We are honoured that HRH The Princess Royal will officially open the new building. This is the largest development seen on this site since phase one of the hospital was built in 1993 and emphasises the importance of the new building and our objective to continually improve facilities and services for our patients."
Mr March said: "This is a marvellous new facility that will benefit thousands of people from our local community and throughout the region."
The new burns accommodation is now situated on level four and has its own dedicated operating theatre. It is located near the Intensive Therapy Unit so that it can access critical care support for people with serious burn injuries.
Orthopaedics has its own purpose built accommodation and this is also located on level four of the new building close to main theatres.
Plastic surgery and maxillo facial outpatients has 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 suites are 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.
The percentage of single rooms in the specialties has increased from 25 to 40 per-cent. The remaining ward areas in the new development have four bedded bays with en-suite bathrooms and toilets. Ends
Notes to editors:
Important notice for reporters and photographers.
Reporters and photographers must contact Patrick Butler (details below) if they would like to attend and to receive further details by 5pm Thursday, 14 September 2006.
Because services will be continuing as normal and the areas covered by the visit are cramped, access to cover this event on the day will be limited.
There will also be fixed points for reporters and photographers.
The Trust will have its own photographer who will be able provide photographs of the visit.
If you would further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager. Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170