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New 2.8m emergency ward to open

A new £2.8m state-of-the-art ward for emergency patients is to open at Lincoln County Hospital.

The 23-bed Navenby Ward will be equipped with two negative pressure rooms to provide infection control facilities for respiratory patients.

Air is extracted from the rooms, which also have a lobby for medical staff to enter, to try to prevent airborne infections spreading.

The ward is expected to open by the end of the week.

Grossly overweight

It also includes automatic doors on each bed bay to improve privacy for patients as well as reducing noise and aiding infection control.

Mike Speakman, director of estates and facilities at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "This is the first time we have created a ward with these doors on the bed bays and I really think they are a significant step to help improve the overall patient experience.

"The new Navenby ward is really impressive and provides an excellent facility for delivering high quality care.

"We're all really proud of the new ward, and I'm sure our patients will appreciate the high standard we've achieved."

The unit also has facilities to care for grossly overweight patients.

Two more 28-bed wards are expected to open at the hospital in early March.



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