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Essential maintenance at General Hospital

10 August 2018

A ward at Jersey General Hospital is to close temporarily for a fortnight while essential fire compliance and refurbishment work takes place.

This programme of work, which includes installing new emergency lighting, and refurbishment of a ward bathroom and treatment room, will begin on Monday 13 August on Portelet Ward, which has a normal capacity of 28 beds.

The work has been scheduled to coincide with the annual shutdown of part of the Hospital’s Main Theatre complex for essential maintenance. The number of elective surgical procedures is significantly reduced during this period, although urgent and emergency cases will continue to be treated as required.

During the closure period:

  • bays 3 and 4 on Beauport Ward will revert to general surgical bays for male patients
  • Rayner Ward will take all female surgical admissions
  • elective orthopaedic cases will be relocated to Sorel Ward, or the Beauport Ward cubicles, depending on availability

Deputy Director of Operations Gary Kynman said “Every effort will be made to minimise disruption while this essential work is carried out, but we would like to apologise to anyone who’s inconvenienced while it is taking place.

“The end result will achieve significant improvements that will be of benefit to both patients and staff. All the patient area work will be completed in time for business as usual to resume on Tuesday 28 August following the bank holiday weekend.

A letter has being distributed to patients and relatives explaining the reasons for the temporary closure, and providing contact details for those with any queries.

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