Patients moved out of Axminster Hospital

PUBLISHED: 07:30 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:41 15 June 2010

DISRUPTIVE building work has forced Axminster Hospital to move inpatient beds to Seaton and Sidmouth this week.

DISRUPTIVE building work has forced Axminster Hospital to move inpatient beds to Seaton and Sidmouth this week. Devon Primary Care Trust said it has taken the steps because improvement work, which is expected to be finished by next summer, has proved more troublesome to patients than first anticipated. The transfer of beds began yesterday (Tuesday, December 2) and will continue in phases until complete. Hospital matron Eileen Simmonds said: "We have taken this step to ensure that patients are not affected by the important building work which will give us the new facilities we are so excited about. "We had hoped to maintain all our services during the building work, but it proved significantly more disruptive to patients and staff than we had expected. "This is a temporary measure to allow the hospital extension to be finished more quickly than if we kept inpatients at the hospital during the work. Once the work is done we will do the national deep cleaning programme."Outpatient services at the hospital will be unaffected. Minor Injury services will continue to be provided by the Axminster Medical Practice at St Thomas Court. The £1.5million building scheme, funded by the league of friends, will provide a new reception area, an expanded outpatient department, modern day surgery unit, new endoscopy suite and new clinical assessment unit, which will supplement the existing older people's mental health assessment and treatment unit and a full range of outpatient services.

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