A NEW ward has opened at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.
The ground floor ward has 19 extra beds and will provide care for patients who are medically fit for discharge and are awaiting further care in the community or at home.
The first patients were transferred to the new ward on Monday.
The ward will provide some much-needed additional capacity for Worcestershire’s hospitals at what continues to be a very busy time.
Kirsty Stanton, Matron of the new ward said: “I’m very proud of all the team who came together to open this new ward. It brings much needed extra capacity and will help with patient flow and patient experience.”
Redditch MP Rachel Maclean, who has campaigned for the Alex, said the improvement in capacity was a step in the right direction.
“These extra beds are very welcome and are a step in the right direction to improving patient flow,” she said.
“I’ve long said the Alex has a bright future and is central to delivering healthcare in Worcestershire – the opening of this new ward is proof of that.”