Regular visitors to Hinchingbrooke Hospital will notice a change to the name of two of its inpatient wards from this week.
The changes were made to improve continuity of patient care and to ensure that patients’ needs are being looked after in the most suitable environment, as hospital teams prepare to move into the often challenging winter months.
Juniper Ward is now known as Bay Tree Ward and is dedicated to the care of patients with surgical and orthopaedic conditions. It was previously a ward that cared for patients with various medical, gastro and general surgery needs.
The Acute Trauma and Surgical Unit (ATSU) is now Plum Tree Ward and is dedicated to the care of gastroenterology and endocrine patients.
In addition, the team on Cherry Tree Ward will now care for hip fracture patients for the duration of their surgery and recuperation. The team will continue to care for older people requiring medical care, too.
Sue Fenson, Head of Nursing for the Emergency and Medicine Division at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Hinchingbrooke Hospital, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer our patients with hip fractures a more streamlined pathway. Patients will now be admitted onto Cherry Tree Ward and will no longer have to move following their surgery.
“On behalf the hospital management team, I would like to say a huge thank you to all staff involved in the moves, especially those on the wards involved. They all went above and beyond to ensure that the moves ran as smoothly as possible. We look forward to seeing the benefits that these changes will bring at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, resulting in patients getting the right care, first time, every time.”
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