THE prospect of turning up at hospital for surgery should be less daunting for Borders patients after a £350,000 admissions unit was opened last week.
The unveiling at the Borders General Hospital follows the six-month renovation of the former ward eight to create a surgical admission area.
The unit, designed to increase the number of day admissions in a more suitable clinical environment, has three main elements: an admissions lounge for patients prior to surgery; a post-operation recovery area; and a comfortable lounge with recliner chairs for patients before their discharge or transfer.
There are two examination rooms, a clinical preparation area, a multi-disciplinary work area for staff, increased storage space, and additional washbasins, toilets, assisted showers and changing rooms.
Work on the project, which included construction, design costs, furniture, fittings and equipment, began in September.
Mary Wilson, chair of NHS Borders, said: “The opening of the new unit again shows we put patient safety and quality of care at the heart of all we do.
“We aim to deliver high quality health care at the right time and in the most appropriate way and this facility will enable us to do this.
“It really is an important step forward in the providing quality health care to meet the needs of the people of the Borders.”