Royal Liverpool Hospital redevelopment plans unveiled
The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust has unveiled what single-room care will look like when the new Royal Liverpool Hospital opens.
Guests including the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Tony Conception; Lord Lieutenant of Liverpool, Dame Lorna Muirhead; Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson; Liverpool Riverside MP, Louise Ellman; and Garston, Halewood MP, Maria Eagle, along with religious and business leaders from the city, were given a tour of the new en-suite single bedrooms, at a recent event.
When it opens in 2017, the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital will be the largest hospital in England to have all-single rooms for inpatients, with many offering views of the Liverpool skyline.
All inpatients will have access to smart TVs equipped with technologies enabling them to view test results such as Xrays, to access information on medical conditions,and to keep in touch with loved ones through technology like Skype. The screens will also enable family members to upload cherished photos to make patients feel more at home. In addition, religious services can also be broadcast to bed-bound patients via the screens. >
In addition, visitors will be able to make use of reclining chairs, enabling loved ones to stay overnight with patients and make visiting more comfortable.
Aidan Kehoe, chief executive of the trust, said: “We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a world-class hospital which will set the standard for modern-day hospitals and redefine healthcare for the people of Merseyside.
"Single bedrooms are one of the ways we are transforming how care is provided for patients and how we are enabling families to be more involved in the care of patients.
“Single bedrooms will mean we can offer the highest levels of comfort, privacy and dignity while also reducing the risk of hospital infection. This mock-up facility shows what patients and staff can expect from single-room care when we open what will be a world-class institution. With the support of people from Liverpool, we take it even further.”
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, added: “It’s exciting to see what Merseyside patients will have access to when the new Royal opens, and the impact it will have on the city. This is an opportunity to transform what healthcare means and seeing this mock-up facility today shows we’re on course to have healthcare that we can be all be proud of.
“Liverpool’s best days lie ahead of us and we’ll continue to go from strength to strength. The new hospital and the fantastic health campus that will surround it illustrates the direction this city is heading in.”