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Croydon University Hospital to get more intensive care beds in £12 million upgrade

Croydon University Hospital to get more intensive care beds in £12 million upgrade
Sep 02, 2019 Shaking Hands 0 comments

This post was first published by My London on 27/08/2019.

Croydon University Hospital to get more intensive care beds in £12 million upgrade

The wards have not been refurbished since they were built in the 1980s

Outdated wards at Croydon University Hospital will get much-needed improvements, with more beds for the patients most in need, as part of a £12.7 million upgrade.

The hospital’s critical care wards were built in 1984 and since then have only received essential maintenance.

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust has been given the funding boost from the Government to specifically improve intensive treatment and high dependency units.

Once the makeover is complete there will be 24 intensive care and high dependency beds, nearly double what currently exists, hopefully meaning fewer Croydon people are sent to a hospital further away from home.

The refurbishment will also include more en-suite facilities, quiet rooms and waiting areas for families.

Matthew Kershaw, chief executive at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, said: “Every day our staff work incredibly hard, providing the best care possible to seriously ill patients

“But with a limited number of beds and a unit that hasn’t been refurbished since the mid-80’s, many Croydon residents needing critical care have ended up in a hospital too far away from home.

“By redeveloping our intensive treatment and high dependency units, we can ensure that our patients can receive the life-dependent care they need in their local hospital, and in an environment that provides the highest levels of care and dignity.”

The work comes after a new £21 million emergency department was opened at the London Road hospital in December 2018.

The improvements will come as a big boost for the Trust which is still working under the shadow of the ‘requires improvement’ rating it was given by the CQC in July 2018.

After this inspection Croydon University Hospital itself was rated ‘requires improvement’ for safety and effectiveness and for being well-led. It was rated ‘good’ for how caring and responsive staff are.

Beds at the Trust’s hospitals were occupied at a level of 99.34% in the 2018/19 financial year.

The National Audit Office has suggested that hospitals with average bed occupancy levels above 85% can expect to have regular bed shortages, periodic bed crises and increased numbers of health care-acquired infections.

The recommended safe level of bed occupancy is 85%. The full indicators of the Trust’s performance can be found here .

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