Hospital spends £3 million doubling isolation rooms

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Sheffield Teaching Hospitals is spending over £3 million doubling its number of isolation rooms for patients with severely compromised immune systems.

Seventeen extra rooms are being provided as part of the specialist haematology unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

The unit treats patients with illnesses such as leukaemia and myeloma, who often have low immune systems because of their underlying disease, as well as the various treatments they require, such as chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation.

Patients can sometimes stay in a side room for a considerable length of time.

The trust intends to make the new spaces feel ‘more homely’ and less like a hospital ward to ensure patients feel as comfortable as possible.