The Trust is building a new Cardiac Unit to expand services that were made possible through the Ace of Hearts appeal. This will enable specialists to carry out more diagnostic procedures and angioplasties, a treatment where a balloon is inserted into narrowed or diseased coronary arteries. Patients are currently referred to Southampton or Bournemouth for angioplasty before returning to Salisbury for their ongoing care.
The Accident and Emergency Department (A&E) is also expanding to improve clinical areas and the flow of patients through the department.
The enabling works and the building itself will take place between April and November 2009, with further internal refurbishment of A&E carrying on later in the year.
For the duration of the period between April and November this will result in the following changes:
- 30 March 2009 - Closure of Car Park 2 at the front of the hospital, which will become the contractors compound. We will be advising patients and visitors to use the main car park. (Car Park 8 at the rear of the hospital)
- 6 April 2009 - Closure of the Nunton Entrance to the hospital. Access to Level 2 will be from the Springs Entrance
- Disabled parking outside the Rockbourne Unit will move to the front of Car Park 8.
- Buses and ambulances will be unaffected.
Starting 6 April 2009:
- One lane of the perimeter road between the A&E ramp and the end of the Rockbourne Unit building will be closed for approximately 12 weeks, while the contractor builds the framework for the new building. This will make this section one-way in favour of traffic routed from the direction of Entrance B.
- Access to, and exit from, the hospital site for A&E and the Main Entrance will take place through ENTRANCE A from the main road. Traffic entering the hospital here will not be able to go beyond the A&E ramp while the one lane is closed.
- All other traffic should access the hospital site through ENTRANCE B.
Peter Hill, Director of Operations at Salisbury District Hospital said: "This really is an exciting time for the hospital, our staff and patients as we start a major new programme of developments, which will see improvements to a number of on-site facilities and services. In some cases, such as cardiac angioplasty, patients will be able to have this procedure at Salisbury District Hospital rather than having to travel further a field. "
"The first two building projects involve improvements to cardiac services and our Accident and Emergency Department. We will provide patients with information through flyers and the website, as well as displays in the hospital's restaurants and coffee shops and areas affected by the work. We will also be temporarily amending signs to reflect the changes."
Mr Hill added: " We have to maintain existing services while these improvements take place. However, we will do our best to keep disruption to a minimum."
If people want more information about the building project they can contact Sue Biddle, the project Manager, on 01722 429124. Ends
Notes to editors:
The new Cardiac Unit at Salisbury District will expand services made possible through the generosity of local people and the Ace of Hearts appeal where £1m was raised in 2004.
Cardiac services are currently provided from a single room in the Endoscopy Unit and, since the cardiac suite opened, a number of new staff have been recruited, many of them bringing new skills to the service. This means that a wider range of treatments can now be provided. The new Cardiac Unit, which is currently being built, will house two treatment rooms and a recovery area for up to eight patients.
This will enable staff to diagnose and treat more patients and provide a wider range of procedures for patients at Salisbury District Hospital. Patients who need to have angioplasty procedures - where a balloon is inserted to expand narrowed or blocked blood vessels – will no longer have to travel to Southampton or Bournemouth for these treatments. Within two years it is expected that around 400 patients a year will be able to receive treatments for narrowed or diseased coronary arteries at Salisbury District Hospital.
All major cardiac surgery will still be carried out at the cardiac centre in Southampton.
ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
The Accident and Emergency Department at Salisbury District Hospital was originally opened in 1993. Since 2004 the department has seen a 13% increase in the number of people using A&E services at the hospital and now sees around 40,000 people a year. Although the department recently received positive feedback from patients about the quality of the services offered by staff, expansion, refurbishment and reorganisation of 'patient flows' should help to improve the service further for patients.
Small changes to the department were made in 2006 with alterations that improved the major injuries area and provided a temporary minor injuries area within the department. Expansion and reconfiguration is now needed. Between April and November the Trust will build a new extension which will accommodate clerical staff. This will free up more space in the existing A&E Department for expansion of clinical services that will take place later in the year.
This expanded area will enable staff to better separate and stream patients with minor or major injuries, improve waiting room facilities for patients and relatives, provide an extra resuscitation bay, and improve facilities and the segregation of children.
For further information please contact
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170