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New £7m acute surgical unit opens in Bradford

Bradford Royal Infirmary, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has opened a new £7 million acute surgical unit.

The facility will house a new surgical assessment unit with 15 cubicles, 26 acute surgical inpatient beds, a procedure room and a new surgical ambulatory area for up to 10 patients.

The unit also features a new ‘hot’ clinic, in which recently discharged patients are reviewed within days of their hospital departure by consultant surgeons.

Jo Stedman, Deputy Associate Director of Nursing (Unplanned Care), said: “We are really proud to open the unit and have patient, Hazel Risdon, cut the ribbon. The new environment is so important as it will improve the patient experience within our acute surgical service even further.

John May, Clinical Director for General Surgery, added: “Wards 20 and 21 have been acting as the main entrances for surgery at the trust since 1991, so we were in desperate need of an overhaul as gradually, with the growth in patient numbers, our old facility had become outdated and inadequate in terms of size and space.

“The new acute surgical unit has been long in people’s minds, but COVID-19 actually provided us with the golden opportunity – due to our hospital’s reorganisation and the reduction in the number of services – as it gave us the opportunity to redevelop and the time to renovate our wards, so that we can provide the people of Bradford with a larger, more modern facility.

“This new surgical provision will be a key factor for helping the Trust move from providing ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ care in our CQC ratings.”