Trust unveils what single bedrooms will look like in the new Royal Liverpool Hospital
The Trust has unveiled what single-room care will look like when the new Royal Liverpool Hospital opens and has called on the great and the good of the City to support R Charity.
Guests including the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Tony Conception, Lord Lieutenant of Liverpool Dame Lorna Muirhead, Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, Liverpool Riverside MP Louise Ellman and Garston, Halewood MP Maria Eagle along with religious and business leaders from the City, were given a tour of the new en-suite single bedrooms, at an event in support of R Charity.
When it opens in 2017, the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital will be the largest hospital in England to have all single rooms for inpatients with many of the rooms offering views of the Liverpool skyline. The Trust aims to raise £10m to invest in cutting edge equipment and additional comforts for patients and their loved ones, by the time the new Royal opens.
All inpatients will have access to smart TVs equipped with technologies enabling them to view test results such as x-rays, to access information on medical conditions and to keep in touch with loved ones through technology like Skype. The screens will also enable family members to upload cherished photos to make patients feel more at home. In addition religious services can also be broadcast to bed-bound patients via the screens. Visitors will be able to make use of reclining chairs enabling loved ones to stay overnight with patients and make visiting much more comfortable.
Aidan Kehoe, chief executive, said: “We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a world-class hospital which will set the standard for modern-day hospitals and redefine healthcare for the people of Merseyside. Single bedrooms are one of the ways we are transforming how care is provided for patients and how we are enabling families to be more involved in the care of patients.
“Single bedrooms will mean we can offer the highest levels of comfort, privacy and dignity while also reducing the risk of hospital infection. This mock-up facility shows what patients and staff can expect from single-room care when we open what will be a world-class institution; with the support of people from Liverpool, we take it even further.”
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool said: “It’s exciting to see what Merseyside patients will have access to when the new Royal opens, and the impact it will have on the city. This is an opportunity to transform what healthcare means and seeing this mock-up facility today shows that we’re on course to have healthcare that we can be all be proud of.
“Liverpool’s best days lie ahead of us and we’ll continue to go from strength to strength. The new hospital and the fantastic health campus that will surround it illustrates the direction this city is heading in.”
Louise Ellman MP for Riverside said: “The new Royal is already having a positive impact on the local community. It’s fantastic to hear that over 1,200 people working on the construction are local with 325 from parts of Liverpool with some of the highest levels of unemployment. And also that 78 apprenticeships and 96 work experience placements have already been created on site. Visiting the single room and seeing some of the technology that will be used to support patient care, highlights how with all our support, the new Royal will be providing local people with the very best in the NHS.”
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