An Acute Surgery Unit housing a team of specialists has been created at Walsall Manor Hospital to improve patients’ experience and ease the pressure on the Emergency Department.
From today – Thursday 14 December – Ward 10, Ward 11, and the Surgical Assessment Unit will come together on Ward 12 to ensure patients requiring emergency surgery are all in one place.
Louise Pickering and Joan Dyer, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust Matrons for Surgery, said: “We have been developing our plan for an Acute Surgery Unit for some time and are really pleased that we’ve been able to see it open before Christmas.
“As the Trust works towards its vision of Becoming your partners for first class integrated care this is an important point on our journey and will help us to deliver the safe, high quality care that our patients expect and deserve. The specialist doctors and nurses will all be in one place and our surgical staff are looking forward to the opportunities that working in this environment will bring. It also allows us more flexibility with patients and will help us to ease the pressure on the Emergency Department.”
The new unit will be open 24 hours a day all through the year and has 40 beds.
Cheryl Gilbert, Divisional Director of Nursing for Surgery, added: “I’d like to thank all staff who have been involved in the development of this new unit, many of whom have given up their days off and worked extra hours to enable us to get it up and running before Christmas. “