Superbug fight ramped up with new £1m ward

Ward 18 at Doncaster Royal Infirmary has undergone a transformation after an extensive �1million refurbishment. Pictured is one of the new nursing workstations.
Ward 18 at Doncaster Royal Infirmary has undergone a transformation after an extensive �1million refurbishment. Pictured is one of the new nursing workstations.

HEALTH bosses have stepped up the fight against hospital superbugs by undertaking a £1 million ward makeover.

Ward 18 at Doncaster Royal Infirmary has re-opened after the completion of the work, which bosses say places patient safety and infection prevention at the forefront of its design.

The 24-bed medical ward now has ten single rooms with en suite facilities, two three-bedded bays with en suite facilities and two four-bedded bays – all with an upgraded nurse call system. New bathrooms and windows have been fitted throughout.

The ward’s three nursing teams each have their own workstation, located close to their patients for improved patient visibility and observation.

A new dedicated treatment room ensures that patients can have some of their diagnostic procedures carried out on the ward, without the need to be moved around the hospital.

Hilary Bond, director of nursing at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “There has been considerable investment, which will benefit not only patient care but also the working environment for our staff.

“Various teams within the hospital have worked together to design and deliver a superb development - infection prevention, the productive ward leadership team and a range of nursing staff have all been involved in the design layout of the ward.

“We also learned from patients - what works well from other refurbished wards - and have used similar designs.”

The ward also has an access control system which monitors who is coming in and leaving the ward. It is described as an important aspect of patient safety.