Tuesday 25 February 2014
On the 27 February, residents currently at the King Edward VII Hospital will be moving to their new home on Casquets Ward on the Princess Elizabeth Hospital site.
The King Edward VII has been part of island healthcare since 1902 when it first opened as a hospital to treat people with infectious diseases, a purpose it served for over half a century. Shona Pearson, Matron said:
" It is sad to close the King Edward VII as there are a lot of memories in the building but the health and social care needs for the older members of our community have changed and modern, improved facilities will be provided for present and future patients at Casquets Ward"
The move has been carefully planned and staff have endeavoured to keep relatives informed at every stage of the process. All the nursing staff are moving with the residents so this will help with the transition and continuity of care received.. Some of the benefits include single rooms all with en-suite facilities , and all accommodation and recreational space is on one level making access much easier. There is an enclosed garden and the continuing care wards, including Casquets Ward are naturally light providing a fresher environment for everyone.
Fiona Robertson, the Modern Matron for Older Adult Mental Health said:
'We will continue to provide the high levels of care that residents are used to and need. Families and visitors can also expect the same homely and welcoming atmosphere. We have ensured that visiting times will be the same as everyone is used to and calling in to see friends and relatives will be just as easy as before."
All together 15 residents will be moved from the King Edward and approximately 40 clients who attend St Luke's day centre. The community support services team and St John Ambulance will be transferring residents during the course of the day, with the aim that everyone will be settled in their new home by 15:00.
Family members have been invited to an open afternoon in the new premises on the 26 February, a day before the move, so that they can have a look around the new accommodation and have any remaining questions answered before the move.