More investment for the Pilgrim

BOSTON’s Pilgrim Hospital is set to benefit from yet more investment, following the opening of a new £250,000 stroke unit at the site.

The new facility has moved into the former ward 9A in the Spilsby Road hospital, and the area has been completely altered to upgrade facilities to offer the best service possible to stroke patients coming into the hospital.

As well as having more beds than the previous unit, the new one has also been fitted out with new equipment to provide up-to-date care for patients.

David Mangion, consultant physician at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Pilgrim Hospital, said: “The new unit has been purpose-designed to ensure we deliver a high standard of care to all stroke patients with an increased number of beds.

“We are all really excited about the move, and believe the new facilities will allow our staff to provide an even greater level of care for our patients.”

There are eight more beds in the new unit than the previous one, meaning that staff will be able to deal with more patients than before.

It has been split into three areas – a four-bedded hyper-acute area to receive direct admissions from the accident and emergency department, a 12-bed acute area and a 12-bed rehabilitation area.

New medical equipment has been put in place and it has been redecorated throughout. The equipment means that the unit will now be able to provide thrombolysis – a clot-busting therapy used to treat stroke patients.

All therapy services have also been incorporated into the new ward, so staff will be able to provide treatment seven days a week.

Strokes occur because of a disturbance in blood supply to the brain. They can result in loss of brain functions, affecting things such as speech, vision and the use of limbs, often on one side of the body. They are more common in older people.

The investment comes just months after the launch of a new £4.2 million intensive care unit at Pilgrim. The new unit was officially opened at the end of February by Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds. At the event, the politician welcomed continuing investment at the hospital.

He said: “Here in Boston we must have the best possible service we can. This investment is a major step in the right direction and I am determined this is just the beginning.”