New medical day unit going from strength-to-strength

A new medical day unit, up-and-running at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston is now operating extended hours and delivering more treatments – following a £250k investment.

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Patients began making use of the new facility earlier this year, which is now open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

The unit enables patients to receive blood transfusions, iron transfusions and treatment for crohns and colitis diseases.

Rachel Tiffin, Ward Sister on Ward 8A said: “Having the new unit open has made a huge difference to our patients and staff. It is a much smoother experience for patients and the environment is so much nicer with a lot of light, space and comfortable chairs.

“Staff really enjoy working in the clinic which offers a great development opportunity to improve their skills, and feedback from patients has been excellent too.”

The unit is furnished with four trollies and eight chairs and was built in an unused part of an older ward on the eighth floor of Pilgrim hospital, which is run by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Neil Schofield, Staff Nurse said: “Before the unit opened we were only able to run the clinic until 2pm due to a lack of space so it’s fantastic for our patients that we are providing treatment until 6pm. We’re also able to provide more blood transfusions too.

“Before, we used a small room on the ward for treatment which was cramped and often uncomfortable. This new unit has made a huge difference to the experience of our patients.”

Claire Marshall, Deputy Sister said she’s been delighted by the reaction from patients.

“They really do think it’s the bees-knees, they’re so pleased to have a nice, new comfortable space – it’s just wonderful to hear their positive feedback.

“It’s also great for our own staff development and retention, as it’s somewhere staff want to come and work.”