Foxley Ward at Dereham Hospital has had a £300,000 makeover. Hospital Modern Matron Christine Harvey (left) and Foxley Ward Manager Andrew Pover (right) with members of the Friends of Dereham Hospital. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Photo gallery: Hospital ward hit by potentially-dangerous bacteria to re-open after refurbishment

Saturday, January 5, 2013
6.30 AM

A hospital ward where potentially-dangerous bacteria was found in the water supply will reopen on Monday after an extensive refurbishment.

The £300,000 improvements at Foxley Ward at Dereham Community Hospital were already planned when tests following refurbishment work in the kitchen area showed pseudomonas might be present, and the ward closed on October 5.

Tests confirmed the increasingly antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which can cause infections in seriously-ill patients, was present in Foxley Ward and Westfield outpatients water supply.

Two patients who were on the ward at the time were moved to Ogden Court outpatient unit in Wymondham, but no one was infected.

Members of the Friends of Dereham Hospital toured the refurbished ward yesterday ahead of its scheduled reopening on Monday.

A spokesman said Foxley Ward’s water had completed rigorous quality testing, and final work and tests are being carried out in other areas of the hospital, and are expected to be completed in “the coming weeks”.

Changes include the conversion of patient bathrooms into two modern wet rooms, a new assisted bath facility, a quiet room for patients and families to have private meetings, plus showers and an improved rest room for staff.

The ward will also be more accessible to people with limited mobility, and see its capacity increased to 28 rehabilitation beds from 24.

Andrew Pover, Foxley Ward manager, said: “All of the staff here are very excited by the changes which have been made as a result of this refurbishment. Improvements have been made across the site and Foxley Ward in particular looks fantastic.

“We always aim to deliver the very best care to our patients and these recent improvements will mean that patients can continue to access high-quality care in a modern and more pleasant clinical environment.”

Joanne Sabire, chairman of the Friends of Dereham Hospital, added: “We are absolutely delighted with the improvements made to the hospital. It plays such an important role in supporting the local communities of Dereham and south Norfolk, so we are very pleased to see the hospital undergoing this refurbishment.”