Drapers ward reopens



May 2019

The RHN recently reopened Drapers ward (one of the Brain Injury Service wards) following extensive renovations after a successful fundraising appeal. Drapers was the first to undergo major renovations as part of wider plans to refresh every ward at the hospital.

The newly refurbished ward has been given a complete refresh to bring it up to 2019 standards. The new design provides more space and improved equipment for a bright, modern and more comfortable area for patients, and makes moving and handling patients much easier for staff.

Rooms have been decorated to create a more homely environment and allow for medical equipment such as hoists to be hidden within cupboards. The new spaces also remove the need for obvious oxygen tanks with piped oxygen fitted in the walls. Other improvements include new larger showering facilities and accessible televisions fitted to walls.

Alex Rose, Principal Clinical Psychologist at the RHN, said, “The newer wards are starting to look more like homes and less like hospitals. I think that it is a really positive move as it’s not only good for patients, but research also shows that people recover better in home environments than in hospital.”

The brand new state-of-the-art therapy hub and gym will open in the next few weeks.