New unit opens at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital

A NEW unit has been opened at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, helping to ease the pressure on hospital services heading into the busy winter period.

Tuesday 05 December 2017

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Overton Unit 1

One of the first patients on the Overton Unit getting back on his feet with the help of nursing and physiotherapy staff

 

The Overton Unit, which is situated to the rear of the Sherborne Building at the hospital, contains a total of 28 beds.

Of these, 24 provide step down care for patients who no longer require the high level of acute care provided in hospital, but are awaiting a care package that will enable them to return home.

The other four beds, which are housed in individual side rooms, are set aside for patients who are coming to the end of their lives and require specialist palliative care.

Alex Whitfield, chief executive of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester, and Andover War Memorial Hospital, said: “Opening this new unit will enable us to release space on the acute care wards for very sick patients when they need to be admitted to hospital.

“We will continue to experience increased pressure on our hospital services due to high numbers of very sick people needing to be admitted over the course of the winter period. Opening the Overton Unit is one of the measures we have put in place to help us manage the challenges we expect to face. I’d like to say a big thank you and well done to all of the staff who have worked hard to ensure that the unit is open in time for this busy period.”

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