Scarborough Hospital’s brand new surgical ward – Lilac Ward – was officially opened by Alan Rose, Trust Chairman, on his last day as Chair of the Trust Board.
The ward has 31 beds in 15 single rooms and four, four bed bays and includes a Surgical Assessment Unit, which will help streamline the patient pathway for patients requiring surgery, meaning care for surgical patients is greatly improved.
Lilac Ward is the first ward nationally to have been built using a design solution called the repeatable room design. Andrew Bennett, Head of Capital Projects, explained: “The Ward utilises an evidence-based, best practice design solution called the repeatable rooms and standardised components initiative. The design of the four-bed bays makes efficient use of space whilst maximising the distance between bed heads, which is an important factor in infection prevention. The 'nested' design of the single rooms with en suite facilities also makes best use of available space. The design of Lilac Ward is also intended to maximise not only the visibility of external landscaping to patients but also the visibility of patients to nursing staff.”
All this meant that the patient entertainment platform had to be designed to fit with the best practice design criteria of the new ward. Airwave opted for the Samsung healthcare range of LED TV’s, which includes the “Purecare” wipeclean IC remote control, and mounted the 22” screen version on a HCA 1.8m medical wall arm in the four bedded bays. As the HCA arm folds flat to the wall this fits with the design criteria of access around the bed and best utilisation of space as well as aiding infection preventiom.
In the single rooms Airwave installed flat wall mounted 32” Samsung healthcare TV’s to fit with the style of the en-suite bedroom but maintaining the style and feel of the surgical ward in general.
Alan Rose, Chairman of the Trust Board, said: "Lilac Ward represents the finest piece of real estate across all of our sites.