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Additional inpatient ward space is now open for patients at the John Radcliffe Hospital.  Ward 5E/F is an Acute Medical Short Stay Ward, located on level 5 of the hospital, providing a bright, open, and spacious environment for patients who are due to spend a short time in hospital.  The ward has 24 additional beds across the new bays and rooms, meaning patients can be treated in the most appropriate location.

The approximately £2m project started in November last year, and is now fully open.

Some of the features include:

• increased side room capacity for patients;
• bespoke rooms to meet best practice for bariatric care;
• en-suite bathrooms in many of the rooms for increased patient privacy;
• new computers and monitoring equipment which uploads patient information directly to electronic patient records, dedicated work stations, a staff room, and shower facilities;
• a new ventilation system throughout the ward.

Used previously as a day case area, the expanded ward is now for patients with acute medical conditions such as a chest infection, urinary infection, dehydration, or other conditions where they will not need to spend more than a few days in hospital. The ward has recruited a wide range of staff, including senior nurses as well as newly registered and internationally-recruited staff.

Kathy Francis, Ward Manager at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’re delighted with our new ward. It is spacious, light, and open, and is not only a great environment for our patients to stay in, but also for our staff to work in.

“We are also very lucky to have the support of our Practice Development Team. They have been here every day giving one-to-one and group training sessions.  This ensures that all of our staff on the ward are fully up-to-date and confident in their new roles.”

Sara Randall, Chief Operating Officer at Oxford University Hospitals, said: “This is a fantastic new development for both patients and staff at our Trust.

“Patients and staff are already seeing the benefits of their fresh, modern, customised new ward, and this will no doubt help us continue to provide excellent, compassionate care.”

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