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New medical unit frees ward space

24 February 10 10:48 GMT

A new medical treatment unit (MTU) opening at a Suffolk hospital will also help to free up bed space on wards.

West Suffolk Hospital is opening the unit for day procedures such as blood transfusions, biopsies and tests.

The nine beds and eight recliners will also be used as a place where patients who have undergone surgical procedures can recover.

It means some patients will no longer need to spend time on other hospital wards, freeing up the bed space.

Service manager for specialist medicine at the hospital, Cheryl Rushby, said: "atients who need regular infusions would previously have needed to visit the wards several times during the course of their treatment.

"The vast majority of these patients will now come to the MTU instead, which allows staff on the wards to concentrate on meeting the needs of those patients who have been admitted to the hospital."

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