An outstanding experience for every patient

History of the Hospital 

1942 - 1987

The main hospital at Odstock was built in 1942 by the US Army to support the Salisbury General Infirmary in receiving casualties from the D-Day landings in World War Two. Many of the buildings were prefabricated structures known as Nissen huts.

At the end of the war the hospital was handed over to the Salisbury Health Authority and Nissen huts replaced with new buildings. In the early years a new Burns Unit was built which was considered state-of the-art for its time and, in the intervening years, a Rehabilitation Department and Macmillan Unit were built. A spinal injuries treatment centre was also built and opened by HRH the Prince of Wales and HRH the Princess of Wales in 1984.

With these developments Odstock Hospital became the centre for specialist services for the Wessex region. In particular, burns and plastic surgery and spinal injuries. Now the spinal unit serves a population of 11 million people and covers most of southern England.

General hospital services were provided at the Salisbury Infirmary on Fisherton Street and elderly care services at Newbridge Hospital, which was close to what is now the ambulance station at Harnham.

1987 - 2005

In 1987 work started on Phase 1 of the new Salisbury District Hospital site. This is so that all NHS hospital services in Salisbury would be centred on the same site. In 1992, genetics and pathology services moved into the new hospital and the following year all other services, with over 200 patients, moved from the 229 year old Salisbury Infirmary to the new site. Patients also moved up the road to the new hospital from Newbridge Hospital.

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Salisbury District Hospital site in 2001

On 29 January 1993, the new hospital was officially opened by the Duchess of Kent and named Salisbury District Hospital. The Salisbury Infirmary was closed, sold, and has since been redeveloped to provide flats. The Newbridge Hospital site was sold and the location now forms part of a housing estate.

Over the last 13 years, services have expanded on the Salisbury District Hospital site. In 1993, a new Day Surgery Unit opened and, in the following year Salisbury Health Care was granted NHS Trust status. Further developments on the site included a new coronary care unit, new intensive care unit, the Salisbury Hospice (managed by the Salisbury Hospice Trust) and a medical engineering workshop.

More recently the Trust opened a dedicated stroke unit, introduced a new MRI scanner for Salisbury - in a dedicated radiology suite - and built a new Obstetric Theatre and orthopaedic building. In 2005, dedicated dermatology and endoscopy units were built in a two-tier block added to the main hospital.

2004 - 2006

In 2004, work started on the major extension to the hospital - phase two of the site development. The aim of this part of the project was to provide a new building to accommodate services provided from older buildings at the southern end of the site.

Salisbury District Hospital in September 2004 as Work Starts on Phase Two

Local people played a key role in planning the layout and design of the new development, which is constructed as a block in the north-west corner of the district hospital site. 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 all moved 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 also moved into the new building.

Birds eye view of the Hospital

2006 - 2009

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.

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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.

A&E Improvements

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.

Cardiac Suite

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.

2010 - Present

New Bereavement Suite to Support Relatives

Relatives now have a more sensitive environment to pay their last respects to loved ones thanks to improvements to mortuary facilities.With funding from the Trust and the Kings Fund, a new reception area has been built and viewing areas and family rooms refurbished. Bereavement services previously provided in the customer care offices, were moved to the new facility to provide an all-round service in the newly named Bereavement suite.

The bereavement team now has first class facilities to work from, which complement the professional service they already provide and the integral role they play in the overall care we give to our patients.

Accident and Emergency

A new development and complete redesign of the department now provides a more spacious and welcoming environment to improve the patient's experience, with new waiting rooms, resuscitation and minor treatment areas, as well as the development of separate waiting and treatment facilities for children.

The changes mean that access is easier and clearer. The management of treatment flows more smoothly through the department, reducing waiting times between booking in at reception and discharge or ward admission. We can now treat patients in a more welcoming and sensitive environment

Staff can more easily 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.

Improved Facilities for Children in New Paediatric Accommodation

A new children's unit opened in Spring 2011.

Thanks to the support of the local community, the Stars Appeal's Caring 4 Kids campaign successfully raised £1 million to fund additional facilities for the unit which is benefitting over 6,000 children each year across Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire. The additional facilities include parents' accommodation, home from home rooms, therapy facilities for children with disabilities which include a multi-sensory room as well as indoor and outdoor play areas and an enhanced child-focused environment.

The new unit has won a national Building Better Health Care Award in recognition of its unique child-friendly design and bright and sensitive internal decoration.

The Best Building Product in Healthcare Award was awarded to Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust and Altro Ltd. The ArtCare team created the digital designs using children’s images to transform rooms and clinical areas so that they were light and sensitive to the particular needs of children and families. The new bright and spacious wards now provide greater comfort and privacy for children and their families. Themed areas and colourful surroundings engage children, delighting and distracting them from clinical procedures.

Burns Unit Roof Garden

The Burns Unit roof garden has been renovated for the benefit of patients who need a quiet area for relaxation and therapy. The renovation was funded by the B.U.G.S. (Burns Unit Group Support) charity and includes a newly planted herb and vegetable garden.

Ultrasound Waiting Area

This area has been refurbished thanks to funding from Salisbury Hospital League of Friends.

Improvements to Endoscopy Unit

Patients who need diagnostic internal investigations can now benefit from improved facilities in more comfortable surroundings following a redesign and refurbishment of the Endoscopy Unit.

Rheumatology Infusion Suite

Patients who need intensive treatment for rheumatic diseases such as osteoporosis and inflammatory arthritis now benefit from a new fully equipped infusion suite thanks to a donation from the Salisbury Hospital League of Friends.

Expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Facilities

Refurbishment projects include the opening of newly expanded neonatal intensive care facilities in May 2012 and, in October 2012, we created the Joan Stainer Suite on the Neonatal Unit, which provides parents with comfortable accommodation where they can stay close to their babies. Both were made possible thanks to additional money from the Stars Appeal.

Benson Suite

In 2013 we opened the Benson Suite which is a dedicated facility for families who lose a baby before or shortly after birth. The suite was funded through a generous donation from Sir Christopher and Lady Benson to the Stars Appeal and includes a dedicated suite of rooms where families can be cared for in quiet and sensitive surroundings close to the Maternity Unit.

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