Two more Welwyn Garden City hospital wards close
PUBLISHED: 12:21 11 September 2011
TWO services at the QE2 Hospital in WGC have closed, to allow specialist units to come together in Stevenage.
The new medical units – one for acute stroke and the other for inpatient cardiology services – were launched at the Lister Hospital at the end of last month.
It means the East and North Herts NHS Trust’s stroke rehabilitation and inpatient cardiology services, located in the Bayford and Bramfield wards respectively at the QE2, have shut.
As a result, the 15 inpatient beds in these two wards are no longer needed.
The move is part of the East and North Herts NHS Trust’s plans to centralise all major services at the Lister, downgrading the WGC hospital in the process.
No jobs were lost as a result of the changes – with affected staff either securing positions on the new units, or being redeployed elsewhere in the trust.
Dr Jon Baker, the trust’s divisional director for medicine, said: “Our senior doctors and nurses have been aware for some time now the trust’s specialist inpatient stroke and cardiology services could be improved further, thus helping even more lives to be saved than is the case today.
“Just as importantly, for those who survive their illness, these new services will help them have an improved chance of making a full recovery or enjoying a better quality of care than otherwise might be the case.”
Dr Baker, also a consultant in emergency medicine, said: “These moves will also allow our stroke and inpatient cardiology services to achieve the trust’s ambition to provide local people with access to a full 24/7 heart attack centre – having delivered a 24/7 stroke thrombolysis service since May.
“At the same time, all current outpatient and diagnostic cardiology services will remain as they are today, thus keeping them close to where people live.”
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