Owl adds: Did you know there were closed wards at Exmouth Hospital?
“News Release 16 May 2018
Inpatients at Exmouth Hospital are being temporarily relocated to another ward on the site while building owner NHS Property Services invests in fire safety improvements.
Beds on Doris Heard Ward are being moved to the vacant Geoffrey Willoughby Ward while a £50,000 project to safely remove asbestos and improve fire resistance takes place. A deep clean and air testing will also take place.
The works, carried out by Integral, will be undertaken from 21 May with the ward planned to be fully reopened during the week commencing 11 June 2018.
Due to the constraints of Geoffrey Willoughby Ward, the number of available beds will be temporarily reduced from 16 to 12 during this period.
Rosemary Kearney, Senior Facilities Management Business Manager for NHS Property Services (NHSPS) in the South West, said: “We’re working closely with our partners at the hospital to ensure services can, as far as possible, continue as normal.
“We’re sorry for any inconvenience but this is an essential project that will ultimately improve the fabric of Exmouth Hospital for patients for years to come.”
Donna Robson, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust’s Matron at Exmouth Hospital, added: “Maintaining continuity of care for patients is our top priority. We’ve been working with NHSPS to ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum during these necessary maintenance works. We’d like to thank our patients and visitors for their understanding during this time.”
All other services at the hospital are unaffected and patients should continue to attend their appointments as normal.
The need for the work was identified as part of a survey undertaken by NHSPS.”
The press release also includes background information for editors on NHSPS. This is not usually published with the press release but is information in the public domain, so Owl reproduces it here:
“NHS Property Services brings property and facilities management expertise to thousands of sites across the NHS estate.
At a time of major change and increasing demand for the NHS, NHS Property Services is reducing costs, creating a more fit for purpose estate and generating vital funds that are being reinvested to support improvements in frontline patient care.
The company’s portfolio consists of 3,500 properties – worth over £3 billion – which represents around 10 percent of the entire NHS estate. The vast majority of our sites are used for clinical, local healthcare and fall into one of three categories:
Health centres and GP surgeries; Hospitals/hospital- related properties; or Offices.
The company has a major role as both landlord and service provider for its NHS customers. Services fall into four main business areas:
1. Strategic estates planning – supporting our customers to deliver healthcare premises that meet future needs for patient services
2. Asset management – proactive asset management to create value and reduce overall costs of property
3. Construction project management – managing the development of new buildings and refurbishment of existing buildings, along with investment in our estate
4. Facilities management services – including health and safety, maintenance, electrical services, cleaning and catering.”