Innovative hospital ward welcomes Royal visitor

Camilla Visits Chesterfield Royal Hospital to open new ward
Camilla Visits Chesterfield Royal Hospital to open new ward
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CAMILLA The Duchess of Cornwall visited Chesterfield Royal Hospital to officially open a new £12 million ward development and meet staff.

The Duchess toured Hasland and Elmton wards, which opened to patients last August, providing surgical and orthopaedic services.

Each of the 32-bed wards features isolation rooms that help prevent the spread of serious infections, clinical treatment rooms, pharmacy drug preparation areas and two nursing stations.

All the ward bays have en-suite bathrooms, while half the accommodation is in single rooms.

Eric Morton, chief executive of the hospital, said: “We were delighted to welcome HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to officially open this incredible development which was the highlight of an £80m, five-year capital investment plan.

“We are incredibly proud of the facilities and our patients have been very vocal in letting us know how positive their experiences have been.”

The development, which includes a third ward, Ridgeway, is the culmination of investment that has seen the trust develop a new birth centre, a specialist children’s unit, a central outpatient reception, new pathology laboratories, CT scanner and MRI scanner suites, and a continuing ward upgrade programme.

The Duchess chatted with staff, architects and workers from contractors GB Building Solutions