Refurbished Derry Hospital Is Better Equipped For Slips And Trips Patients

A new trauma and orthopaedics ward has opened at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry, which should reduce treatment times for people who have suffered slips and trips injuries.

The previous ward was destroyed by fire and flooding in November 2012, which significantly reduced Western Health and Social Care Trust’s capacity. It is hoping that routine waiting times will return by March 2014. Additional capacity is currently being provided by the independent sector.

The average year sees almost 3,600 patients treated by the Trauma and Orthopaedics Department, with the majority of cases relating to slips, trips and falls. From 2011 to 2012, there were 359 day cases and 3,199 trauma and orthopaedic admissions.

The new ward means that the Trust will be able to handle a larger number of elective orthopaedic surgery patients, such as those waiting for joint replacements after a slip or trip.

Trauma and Orthopaedics’ Nursing Services Manager Cathy Glass explained that although capacity in the ward was significantly reduced following the fire, staff have continued to work hard in order to deliver “excellent care” to patients.

Healthcare staff are “delighted” to be working in the newly-refurbished ward, she added.

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