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Work to revamp WGH Theatres complete after £1.6 million investment

A theatre at Westmorland General Hospital (WGH) has received extensive refurbishment work to help improve the environment for patients and staff.

The project, part of a £1.6 million investment to improve the WGH theatres, includes an upgraded anaesthetic room, scrub room, operating theatre, prep room, dirty utility and sterile store.

During the refurbishment, theatre capacity was maintained with the use of a temporary modular decant facility located on the hospital site.

Sue Howard, WGH Surgery Matron for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), said:

“We are extremely pleased with the theatre refurbishment. It has already massively improved things for both patients and staff.

“It can be quite daunting for some people who come into hospital for surgery, but being welcomed into a modern and bright theatre can really help to put patients at ease.”

“The revamp has also helped to boost staff morale as we can all now look forward to coming to work in a brand new theatre!”

The WGH theatre renovations are part of a £21 million investment for capital projects across UHMBT, with other projects including the renovation of the Children’s Unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and a new resus facility at Furness General Hospital.

The project was managed by the UHMBT capital services team who worked closely with the infection prevention team, design consultants and building contractors to ensure that each phase of the work was completed with as little disruption as possible to hospital staff and service users.

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WGH eye clinic receives £240k investment

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2 responses to “WGH eye clinic receives £240k investment”

  1. Colin Kirkley says:

    My name is Colin Kirkley – kirkley42@live.co.uk – hospital number RTX0228701
    I am unable to contact the macular unit reception but have left messages. I have had to cancel my last two appointments due to ill health. I requested another appointed but have had no reply. Please can you pass this onto those concerned.
    Many thanks

    • Ailsa Martin says:

      Hi Colin, unfortunately we are unable to process appointment information via this website. If you need to do this in the future, you can always contact our main switchboard on 01539 732288 and ask to be put through to the appointments booking team. Thanks ^Ailsa

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3 responses to “Nurse Janet retires after 50 years service at the Trust”

  1. Janet Knott says:

    I would like to wish Janet a long and happy retirement. She was so kind and helpful when I had my chemotherapy and always made the process so much less traumatic and stressful than it might have been. Even though it was 10 years ago, I remember her with fondness.

  2. Michael D’Eye says:

    What a fantastic nurse. She will be missed by patients and co-workers.
    Happy retirement Janet and thank you for making us smile during difficult times.

  3. I was wondering whether Mrs Janet Rigg remembers me from Lancaster’s Beaumont Hospitals ENT Ward between the years 1969(5) and 1981(17). I had many operations for Glue Ear/ Chronic Suppurative Otitis media. I do remember the Senior SEN called Mrs Kelly who I met years later and whose first words were Hello Roger.

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