Guernsey's King Edward VII hospital closes its doors

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Guernsey's King Edward VII hospital has closed its doors and its residents have moved to Casquets Ward, at 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.

Nursing staff moved with the residents to help with the transition.

Matron Shona Pearson said: "It is sad to close the hospital as there are a lot of memories in the building."

The King Edward VII provided rehabilitation, continuing care and day-hospital services for patients with physical needs, mostly those aged more than 55.

Ms Pearson added: "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."

Some of the changes include single rooms all with en-suite facilities, and accommodation and recreational space on one level to make access easier.

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."

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