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Wards to close while asbestos is removed from hospital
10:33am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
TWO wards at Romsey Hospital will be closed for six weeks while potentially deadly asbestos is removed.
Contractors will remove asbestos lagging from the hospital's roof space as part of a £150,000 scheme to improve heating, lighting and fire alarms.
New heating, electrical systems and alarms will be fitted next spring but health chiefs need to safely remove the lagging before the winter months.
Both Nightingale and Chichester wards will be closed from Monday, September 2, for patient safety, with some occupants transferred to beds being opened at Lymington New Forest Hospital while others could be cared for at home if suitable.
Ward staff will either be redeployed at Lymington or serve in the trust's community care team.
The hospital's surgical theatre for minor non-urgent operations will also close with patients offered alternative appointments at other hospitals or at a later date.
Both wards are expected to open by Monday, October 21, with the hospital fully reopening seven days later.
Other services will continue running, including outpatients X-Ray and ultra sound, the Romsey Community Care Team, physiotherapy, podiatry, Italk mental health counselling, diabetes, continence and orthopaedic clinics.
Laura Rothery, a director at Southern NHS Foundation Trust said: “A huge amount of preparation has gone into the planning of these works “We are really confident that patients will still receive the best care during this period. We have put excellent plans in place and are working closely with everyone involved to ensure this process goes smoothly.”
A trust spokesman said: “These behind the scenes works will pave the way to improve our heating, lighting and energy efficiency and making us greener and a more pleasant place for patients.”
There will be a free bus service for friends and family visiting patients at Lymington Hospital with ward staff providing details and phone numbers to arrange.
Patients will also be notified directly of any changes to their appointments.
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