Revamped hospital wards are open for business

The first Surgical High Dependency Unit patient 81 years old Richard Graham returned to officially re-open the refurbished Surgical High dependency Unit at Barnsley Hospital with (right)'Hospital Chairman, Steve Wragg and watched by other members of staff'      '18 July  2011
The first Surgical High Dependency Unit patient 81 years old Richard Graham returned to officially re-open the refurbished Surgical High dependency Unit at Barnsley Hospital with (right)'Hospital Chairman, Steve Wragg and watched by other members of staff' '18 July 2011

THE first ever patient at a South Yorkshire surgical ward returned to the unit to officially open it for business after a refurbishment.

THE first ever patient at a South Yorkshire surgical ward returned to the unit to officially open it for business after a refurbishment.

Richard Graham cut the ribbon on the revamped surgical wards and surgical high dependency unit at Barnsley Hospital, where he was treated for seven weeks in September 2009 for cancer.

The wards have now undergone a complete refurbishment to include anti-slip flooring, a ventilation system, suspended ceilings, energy- efficient lighting and a full redecoration.

The high dependency unit now also has private rooms and state-of-the-art ceiling mounted equipment which allows staff to access patients without having to move or disturb them.

Mr Graham, aged 81, said it was an ‘honour and a privilege’ to have been invited back.

Debby Horbury, matron of general surgery said: “The wards look fantastic and create an environment conducive to patient recovery.

John Rhodes, deputy director of estates and facilities at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust who was the project manager for the refurbishment, said : “The new model surgical wards have been completed to an extremely high standard.”