HILLINGDON patients will be the first in Britain to experience a new homely and innovative ward which could influence designs across the NHS.
The T-shaped 24-bed pilot ward is in the final stages of building at the hospital in Pield Heath Road, Uxbridge.
The ward has been named Bevan Ward after Nye Bevan, founder of the NHS, and consists of three separate clusters, containing eight en-suite bedrooms, each testing one of three room designs.
The Department of Health and the Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust will work together to test out different aspects of the ward.
If the patients and staff are happy with the progress of the pilot ward, the design could influence the design of the new Hillingdon Hospital and designs across further NHS sites.
The ward will evaluate Healthcare Associated Infection (HCAI) reduction, patient privacy, sleep quality, patients' satisfaction, noise levels, as well as staff workload and walking distances.
Research will also be undertaken on the different room designs in regard to visitor space, patient visibility when a door is closed, distance to the en-suite bathroom, the use of handrails for patient safety, and the use of hoists for moving and handling patients.
The public will have a chance to look round the ward this Friday, October 31 with guided tours taking place at 10pm, 12pm, and 2pm. Anybody interested in attending should contact Kate Wilson on 01895 279757.