HARTLEPOOL hospital has celebrated the official opening of a new rehabilitation ward.
The 30-bed Holdforth Unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool helps frail and elderly patients complete their recovery after their stay at North Tees hospital in Stockton.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the unit yesterday, with doctors, nurses and therapy staff.
Consultant Dr Chris Ward, who is in charge of the ward, said: “The unit is to provide a locality-based service for particularly frail and elderly patients from Hartlepool and Easington who require ongoing rehabilitation after their stay at North Tees.
“They are patients who are felt they are not ready to be discharged, and need ongoing rehabilitation before going back into the community.
“We get very good feedback, and have had 70 patients through the unit already.”
As well as round the clock medical cover, the unit is equipped with its own gym to help patients build up their strength by working with physiotherapists.
Cath Liddle, director of nursing, said: “My staff are so excited about this model of care. It is second to none for this type of patient to get them in the right place at the right time.
“It is a great service for the people of Hartlepool.”