Patients with long-term health conditions, such as Crohn's and asthma who need intravenous medical treatments are set to benefit from a £400k new medical day unit at the Great Western Hospital.
The new unit, based in the Swindon Intermediate Care Centre, will treat up to 20 patients each day. It has nine new reclining chairs and privacy screens to make it more comfortable for patients who have to have hours of treatment. Some of these chairs have a feature to help patients with restricted mobility out of their seats once they complete their treatment.
The dedicated treatment unit is open for treatment from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.
The unit will also free space for cancer patients in the Coate Water Unit (CWU) and help to reduce waiting times.
Project leads and lead cancer nurse, Helen Winter said: "The new equipment, dedicated treatment area and increased capacity will enable us to provide the best standard of care possible to our patients and help us treat them sooner. Everything is running smoothly and most importantly, our patients feel supported and cared for.
"The opening of the new unit was down to the fabulous teamwork within GWH and it was so exciting to have been a part of it."
Mark Harrison, one of the MDU’s first patients said: "I've been receiving treatment in this hospital for eight years now and it's brilliant to see the service expanding.
"I use a walking frame and it's much easier for me to go in for my treatment, now that the MDU is based on the ground floor in SwICC. I don't have to wait to take a lift up either.
"I didn't know what to expect from being treated in a new place, but there were so many familiar faces and the staff made me feel confident and comfortable. They do such a wonderful job for us."