BEVAN Ward at Hillingdon Hospital (named after Aneurin Bevan, the far sighted Minister of Health who introduced the NHS in 1948), has been fully operational for many weeks.
It is shaped like a T and has three clusters of eight, single bedrooms.
The facilities were designed with the patients in mind.
In all the rooms there have en suite facilities with shower, toilet and hand basin, which can be raised or lowered.
The floor to the shower is made of a material which becomes tacky when wet, so providing a non-slip surface.
The showers have no curtains, to reduce chances of infection, but the room is screened off when the patient takes a shower. The toilet has supports for disabled people.
There is lockable storage for the patient's belongings and electrically operated beds in all the rooms, making it easier for the patient to sit up.
In each cluster there are two rooms with ceiling mounted hoists so that the patient can be easily lifted from the bed to the shower. In all rooms there are cupboards for storing medicines.
There is a window from the corridor so the nurse can observe the patient while writing up notes.
This is also a place for doctors and nurses to sit.
However, if the patient requires privacy, they can operate the blinds and use a button to summon a nurse.
There are places in the corridors for patients who wish to socialise or enjoy a cup of coffee and a deck area for patients to sit outside in good weather.
The entrance is via a walkway which does not pass the rooms but leads to the reception area which has chairs instead of a desk.
The central area has a kitchenette so that patients preparing to go home can be assessed to see if they can make tea and a sandwich and be able to look after themselves at home.
There is a CCTV system to ensure security for patients and staff.
Finally some of the visitors' chairs are recliners which can be converted into beds if there is the need for a visitor to stay overnight.
Designers and hospital staff involved in the planning thought of everything. Well done Hillingdon Hospital!
MURIEL L HOSKING,