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Bright new look for cancer ward

20 July 2012

Health Care

Bright and cheerful new facilities now greet patients coming for treatment in Southend University Hospital's cancer ward.

Thanks to a £140k donation from the hospital's charitable funds, the ground-floor Elizabeth Loury ward has undergone a major facelift to provide cleaner and more airy rooms for patients to stay and be treated.

The extra space has been created by designating an additional ward (Bedwell) just along the corridor as a specialist cancer ward. As a result, the hospital now provides a total of 42 dedicated cancer care beds instead of the previous 30.

Elizabeth Loury ward manager, Liz Bradley, who joined the Trust four months ago with 14 years' cancer nursing experience under her belt, said: "We now have a total of 12 single patient rooms and another three with just two beds. One of the single rooms has been designed for patients in the last days of their lives, with extra space so relatives can stay with them in comfort. It makes such a difference to them."

The old bland colour scheme in the reception area has been ditched in favour of bright orange and fuchsia pink paintwork, with more delicate greens and caramel tones for the rest and quiet ward areas. New basins have been installed in all the patient bedrooms, a walk-in shower with wheelchair access created, the reception area has been enlarged and the sluice and other work areas have been revamped.

Liz said: "We now have seven bedrooms with ensuite facilities and new flooring throughout the ward.

"It is a much better working environment for staff and patients and relatives have remarked on how bright and cheerful the ward looks."