Record number of patients used Stamford Hospital in 2011

STAMFORD Hospital dealt with a record number of patient visits last year.

A total of 95,000 visits were made to the hospital in Ryhall Road for treatment in 2011, an increase of eight per cent on the previous year.

The increase comes after a number of improvements were made to the facility as part of an ongoing £12m revamp.

Matron and site manager Sue Brooks said: “Last year we developed a number of clinics at Stamford and expanded some of our existing services.”

“This included orthopaedics, ophthalmology and pain management. Giving these clinics more space and better facilities has allowed us to increase our capacity and treat more patients.”

Interim chief operating officer Clive Walsh added: “The increase in the number of patients we are seeing has indicated that more people are now choosing to receive their treatment at Stamford Hospital which we are immensely pleased about.

“The future of Stamford Hospital is most definitely not under threat. The board will work towards a plan that is best for patients, as well as ensuring it is economically efficient during the financial challenges we are facing.”

Further redevelopment is planned and the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust says it should make a decision on how best to use the rest of the site this year.

This includes the John Van Geest ward, which reopened last week after a £97,000 refurbishment. It closed in August after four patients contracted a superbug.

The ward’s 22 beds are currently full with a waiting list. The majority of patients are from the Stamford area.

The trust has not confirmed if the ward will stay open once the busy winter period ends and says it is reviewing the situation daily.