Swaffham Community Hospital services will be relocated during renovation work

Swaffham Community Hospital. PHOTO: IAN BURT.

Swaffham Community Hospital. PHOTO: IAN BURT.

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Swaffham Community Hospital will temporarily relocate services from late July as the final stage of work gets underway to complete a £1.9m refurbishment project.

The 126-year-old hospital has already undergone extensive modernisation work, including the expansion of a refurbished outpatient area, the conversion of a patient shower into a wet room and the installation of a new nurses’ station. The latest maintenance work, which is expected to take around nine weeks, will see improvements to the water system, with pipework and water tanks set to be moved or replaced.

In order to maintain safety and quality standards for patients, Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C), which runs the hospital, has decided to temporarily move services and beds for a proportion of this time.

The 18-bed inpatient ward and outpatients clinics are due to be relocated for about four weeks, from July 26.

Some patients will be cared for within the trust’s community hospitals at Dereham and Kelling, while suitable patients will also be cared for in their own homes by the trust’s Virtual Ward team of community nurses and therapists.

Outpatient clinics provided at the hospital, including leg ulcer care, stop smoking sessions and physiotherapy are expected to be temporarily relocated to a clinical unit in Birch Tree Close, King’s Lynn, or at other suitable sites, including St James’, in King’s Lynn, and Downham Market Health Centre. Where appropriate, some patients may also be offered care within their own homes.

The small number of clinics provided at the hospital by the trust’s partners will also be temporarily relocated to alternative sites.

Roy Crane, the hospital’s modern matron, said: “Patient safety is always our number one priority and we feel it is in our patients’ best interests to access care within alternative units during the maintenance work, rather than ask people to contend with the expected noise and disruption at Swaffham. We are confident that the provisions we have put in place will ensure patients will continue to be able to access safe and effective care elsewhere.

“However, we recognise that there is never a good time to temporarily relocate services and we apologise for any inconvenience this essential improvement work may cause.”

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