A REFURBISHED ward at Hillingdon Hospital with separate areas for male and female patients has been officially opened.
Fleming Ward, renovated to protect the dignity and privacy of its patients, was opened at 1.30pm last Wednesday by Councillor Mary O'Connor, who is also chairwoman of the London Health Commission.
Fleming Ward is the new location for the Emergency Assessment Unit at the hospital in Pield Heath Road, Hillingdon.
It includes improved toilet and shower facilities, purpose-built features including specialist equipment for those with deep vein thrombosis, and a new nurse call system, which allows the ward sister to monitor how long it takes nurses to respond to patient calls.
Referrals to the ward are received via the GP or the accident and emergency department and patients will stay between 24 and 48 hours.
An average of 754 patients stay in the unit each month; in 2008/9, 8,956 patients were admitted.
As part of the spruce-up, the ward has also been repainted.
The refurbishment is part of a £2million scheme to ensure that, where possible, male and female patients are cared for in separate areas of the ward.
Upgrades to bath, shower and toilet facilities have been completed in the Intensive Care Unit, the fracture clinic and in Churchill Ward, with work currently under way on the remaining wards.
The hospital trust is also raising staff awareness of the importance of privacy and dignity.