Major New Hospital Buildings
The planned move of services from the older southern end of the Salisbury District Hospital site to a new modern purpose built facility took place in May 2006.
The new building which was designed using the views of local people and staff houses the regional burns service, elderly care and orthopaedic wards. It also has an outpatient department with plastic surgery, maxillo facial outpatients, laser treatment centre and therapy services.
This was the largest development seen on this site since Phase One of the hospital was built in1993 and means that these services now have natural links with the acute and diagnostic services in the newer part of the hospital.
The new burns accommodation is 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 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. Medical and elderly wards are situated on level two, with two elderly care wards taking the vacated ward areas in the existing hospital that are 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 remain the same, although the percentage of single rooms in the specialties that moved 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. There is more space per bed and state-of the-art lifting equipment to help staff and patients.
Detailed Summary of Accommodation
Level 1 comprises of accommodation for consultants and for secretarial support for the elderly care, orthopaedics, plastic surgery and oral maxillo facial services.
Level 2 comprises of the elderly care suites. Durrington, Winterslow, Farley Suite Stroke Unit plus supporting care therapy teams.
Level 3 comprises of the Laser Treatment Centre, Oral Surgery Outpatient Department, Plastic Surgery Outpatient Department, selected physiotherapy and X-ray services, Oral Maxillo Facial Laboratory, Medical Photography, Speech and Language Therapy.
Level 4 will comprise of Orthopaedic suites, Amesbury, Chilmark, Orthopaedic Inpatient Therapy Team and the Burns service and dedicated theatre with supporting Therapy Team.
Please see below for a view of the facilities, shortly after the opening in 2006.
Modern Cancer Facilities
A new £585,000 unit for people with cancer and blood disorders opened. The unit was designed to cater for the needs of these patients, their relatives and friends and treats inpatients and day patients at different stages of their illness. It has an outpatient area for assessment and follow up and a facility to treat people who need specialist nursing care in a location separate from other patients.
New Vascular Unit
A new, modern unit providing a dedicated area where patients can be assessed for a range of potentially serious vascular conditions opened. A £190,000 capital investment created a spacious patient environmentwith three scanning rooms, two treatment areas and two consulting rooms. The Trust invested a further £110,000 on a new state-of-the-art ultrasound machine and the Salisbury League of Friends donated £3,000 for artwork and decoration.
Improvements to Medical and Surgical Outpatient Area
People now benefit from better facilities and improved service thanks to a £20,000 redesign of the medical and surgical outpatient area. This included an improved layout with distinct booking in and booking out arrangements to ease congestion, a bright and spacious environment, with comfortable seating and easier access for wheelchair users. A new £2,500 plasma screen bought by the League of Friends gives patients information about their clinic.
The first stage in the modernisation of the Accident and Emergency Department has taken place, improving the flow of patients through the department and making it easier for staff to separate patients with minor injuries from those with more serious conditions. The redevelopment also enabled the Trust to increase and improve its facilities for children within the department.
HRH The Duke of York opened a new cardiac suite that now enables people to undergo tests and investigations for suspected heart disorders locally. Local people and the hospital charity raised the £1million needed to build and equip the new suite.
Endoscopy Treatment Centre
A £800,000 purpose-built endoscopy treatment centre opened giving people that need internal endoscopic investigations their own dedicated facility at Salisbury District Hospital. The centre has its own reception and waiting area, changing cubicles, three treatment rooms and a 16-bay recovery area. An additional £219,000 has also been spent on the latest specialist equipment.
Dermatology Treatment Centre
A £800,000 purpose-built dermatology treatment centre opened at Salisbury District Hospital providing first class modern facilities for patients with a wide range of skin conditions. The new centre replaced a smaller unit and has its own reception and outpatient waiting area with four consulting rooms. It also has six examination rooms, its own fully equipped treatment area for minor procedures and a dedicated recovery area fordermatology patients.