Leek Moorlands Community Hospital opens after £1.1m revamp
A Staffordshire hospital has reopened following a £1.1m refurbishment.
The nine-month project at Leek Moorlands Community Hospital includes improved facilities, upgraded equipment and extra treatment rooms.
The hospital, which treats about 18,000 patients a year, said the work had seen the number of beds on its two wards reduced by five to meet guidelines and improve privacy.
A minor injuries unit and outpatients' department have also been refurbished.
Matron Kathryn Ramage said the unit had been much improved describing the previous set-up as "make do and mend".
She said piped oxygen and other upgrades also made it a "better place for nurses to nurse".
Ms Ramage said reducing the number of beds from 41 to 36 across both wards had improved conditions for patients as well as meeting national guidelines.
"Before, if you were standing up you could practically touch each other," she said.
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said the work was expected to help cut waiting times, thanks to better equipment and improved access to some treatments.
It said new flooring had also been installed which was designed to control the spread of infection.
Much of the work has been done under rolling 12-week closures to minimise disruption, the trust added.