The new Wound Management and Podiatry Clinic at Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital was officially opened today. The new clinic is in the hospital’s old Andreas Ward, which was left vacant following the opening of the Martin Ward in 2011. The redevelopment was made possible thanks to a generous donation of £358,000 by the Ramsey and District Hospital League of Friends with the official opening performed by Leonard Singer MHK in his capacity as Chairman.
Minister of Health, David Anderson MHK said:
'The Wound Management and Podiatry Clinic offers a wonderful new facility at Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital. With the development of this clinic, the Martin Ward in 2011, and with the satellite Renal Unit coming online next week, this is the latest step in the strategic transformation of the hospital. This new facility would not have been possible without the kind donation of £358,000 from the Hospital’s League of Friends. The valuable support of charitable organisations such as the League of Friends, the Welfare Trustees, the Martin Trust and the Scott Trust has allowed the Department to pursue a course of rapid re-development of the hospital, allowing us to improve and modernise the clinical environment for the benefit of everyone on the Island. The new facilities meet the latest stringiest standards and provide a more pleasant environment for both patients and staff. I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in the project for their hard work and dedication in bringing this development to fruition.'
Work on the new clinic space began in April 2012, with a wide variety of local contractors and suppliers involved in the building work that took 12 months to complete. The refurbishment of the old Andreas Ward has created a combined Wound Management and Podiatry Clinic focussing on outpatient treatment. The refurbished facility consists of two Podiatry clinic rooms, three Wound Management treatment rooms, a fully equipped Bariatric treatment room – which can be accessed by either of the services, which is essential in the care of high-risk patients, plus office space and a reception area. The relocation of the Podiatry Clinic from Cummal Mooar Residential Care Home allows for the creation of a quiet or activity room as clinics no longer take place in the facility, with residential home managers utilising some of the space as a new office and meeting room. The next phase of enhancements hoped to take place at Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital will see the relocation of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy into the treatment rooms formerly used by Wound Management Clinic, with the further move of the Minor Injuries and Illness Unit to alongside the main hospital foyer which will be more appropriate for access by patients, particularly in the evening.
Leonard Singer MHK, Chairman of the Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital League of Friends, performing the official opening, said:
'Today sees coming to fruition what is our largest investment in the Hospital in the almost half a century existence of the League of Friends. I express on behalf of the Committee how proud we are today. The clinics have been in operation for several weeks and I am delighted with the feedback from both staff and patients as to their satisfaction. £358,000 is a lot of money; money donated from the public, and I hope that they feel this has been well spent on their behalf.
I conclude by thanking everyone who has been involved in this project and I hope they are as pleased as the League of Friends Committee is, when they realise what an excellent facility we now have in this Hospital, adding to the developments that have been made to the Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital in recent years. It is with the greatest pleasure that I declare the Wound and Podiatry Clinics officially open.'
Ginette Hattersley, Acting Hospital Manager said:
'We opened the Wound Management and Podiatry Clinic to patients in April 2013 and they have said how much they like the improved environment, finding the rooms much more comfortable and accessible. The Wound Management Clinic was based elsewhere at RDCH but only had two rooms so the space in the refurbished clinic is very welcome and enables patients to be seen in a more comfortable and timely manner. Moving the Podiatry Service for the north of the Island into the hospital and having it in the same area as Wound Management assists in building even closer multidisciplinary working which makes for a much leaner patient journey. The entire team are very grateful for the continued charitable support from the League of Friends, the Scott Trustees and Ramsey Welfare Trustees.'