5:00pm Sunday 22nd September 2013
THE Eliza Tinsley ward at Rowley Regis has reopened three years after it was controversially mothballed to save cash.
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust has reopened the facility as a medically fit for discharge ward to care for patients who no longer need to be on a general ward.
Patients who are waiting to be discharged or awaiting a nursing home bed will be the main beneficiaries of the reopened ward and a similar new facility at City Hospital, Birmingham.
Trust chief executive Toby Lewis said: “The ward provides an attractive environment for patients to recuperate in as they wait, with the benefit of nursing staff, therapies and GP care in situ.
“It also gives us an extra 24 beds capacity as we head into the winter months.”
Patient Wilfred Severn, aged 87, was one of the first patients since it opened earlier this month.
He said: “Everything is so sparkly here. It makes all the difference to me. My bed is by the window, so I can look out and it makes me feel so much better.
“The food is great too, there’s a lovely menu. I used to live on my own but now I’m not able to, though everyone worked together to sort out a new home for me.
“The good news is, that it has all worked out and I’m leaving tomorrow to go to my new place.”
Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP welcomed the reopening of Eliza Tinsley ward.
He said: "This is great news for our local health service and something that I have been working for since before I was elected to Parliament.
"Rowley Regis is a fantastic community hospital and these new wards underline that it is central to the future of the NHS in our area.
"I would like to thank the Trust for being so supportive in bringing back these much-needed services to Rowley Hospital and all of the staff at the hospital for creating such a good environment for people recovering from serious illnesses and injuries."
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