Rehab ward opens at King George’s Hospital, Goodmayes
PUBLISHED: 12:56 04 April 2016 | UPDATED: 13:14 04 April 2016
A rehabilitation ward has opened at King George’s hospital to help fragile patients get back on their feet after a hospital stay.
The Japonica ward, Barley Lane, Goodmayes, will welcome people from Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, and Havering, who are unable to go straight home after an operation or treatments for illness.
Care at the Japonica ward is provided by the North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT).
This follows the closure of the rehab ward at Wanstead Hospital, Makepeace Road, which was announced to go through last December, and is part of a redesign of intermediate care services in the area.
It will complement the work of the community treatment team and the intensive rehabilitation service, which help people recover from acute physical needs within their homes.
The new ward, which is equipped with a gym and a visitors’ lounge, will provide support for patient to get fit again and ensure they are ready to go home and live independently.
Chairman of Havering Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Dr Atul Aggarwal, who led the service redesign, said: “Patients told us they would prefer to recover from an operation or illness at home, and that is where the majority of rehabilitation now happens.
“But there will always be some patients who need a short stay on a ward like this.
“It’s important that we can give these patients the best quality inpatient care, and Japonica Ward brings together expert medical and therapy staff with state of the art facilities and a pleasant environment, so that we can get people back on their feet quickly and able to go home as soon as they are ready.”
Albert Murtell, 96, was treated at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, for an infection and spent time at the Japonica ward getting ready to return to his flat in Ilford.
He described the service as “a home from home”.
“The staff were exceptionally good. They were kind and made you feel a bit more at home. I liked the way they asked you what sort of toast you wanted for breakfast – the little things that you don’t normally get in hospital,” he said.
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