Bright new look for cancer ward
20 July 2012
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
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