Ward patients who need dialysis treatment will benefit from the latest phase of Glan Clwyd Hospital’s redevelopment.
Three newly refurbished wards are now in use at the hospital, including one which features on-site dialysis facilities.
The development means that patients undergoing dialysis will not need to travel to the hospital’s renal unit for treatment, instead receiving care at their bedside on Ward 12, the new Renal and Diabetes ward
Dr Aled Lewis, a Consultant in Renal Care at Glan Clwyd Hospital, said the on-site facilities, which allow six patients to receive dialysis while on Ward 12 , will prevent patients from having to be transported through the hospital’s to the dialysis unit on the ground floor
“It means we can provide significantly improved care for anyone on the ward who needs dialysis – there’s no delay in transferring them to the renal unit, and our staff benefit from more regular experience providing dialysis, helping them keep on top of their skills.
“Above all else though, it means patients can be treated at the bedside, ensuring they don’t have to regularly travel through the hospital.
“It’s a much more dignified and comfortable way to receive care, and we’re delighted to finally be able to offer it to our patients.”
The new ward was visited by Friends of Renal Care (FORC), which raises funds for supplementary care and services for renal patients at the hospital.
FORC donated £25,000 towards the purchase of the dialysis equipment, which cost approximately £60,000.
Jean Evans, chair of the Friends of Renal Care, said: “The new facilities are fantastic, and will make a real difference to the care offered to people having dialysis.
“The group was set up 12 years ago, and we’ve done a lot of fundraising in that time to improve the experience of all patients living with kidney disease.
“The bedside dialysis is great for staff too, as it’ll mean the care they provide won’t be disrupted by patients leaving the ward to go for dialysis.”
As well as Ward 12, Wards 4 and 8, which provide colorectal and cardiac/dermatology in-patients, have also opened following their refurbishment.
Ellen Greer, Assistant Director Secondary Care, said: “We’ve already received really positive feedback from both patients and staff on all three of the new wards, which have been specifically designed to provide an a calmer, more private and dignified inpatient environment for our patients who require a stay in the hospital.
“It’s a real challenge to manage the transfer of working wards and departments to new facilities, and as always, our staff and volunteers have been fantastic in working together to ensure the safe transfer of patients to new areas. It’s also great to see more new facilities open as we continually work towards improving our hospital to the benefits of our patients whilst we also remove asbestos from the main hospital building.”
The completion of a further three new wards, there are now six in total, represents the latest milestone in the hospital’s redevelopment programme, which started in 2011.
The work, which is being managed by construction and engineering company Laing O’Rourke, has seen a significant amount of new developments and refurbishment work take place throughout the hospital. Improvements to date have included a new emergency department, 11 new theatres and two new theatre recovery areas, a new Critical Care Unit, a new Day of Surgery Arrivals area, refurbished areas on Radiology, and a new facility for the General Anaesthetic Community Dental Services.