Stamford Hospital’s Van Geest ward will not reopen until beds are needed

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STAMFORD Hospital’s only in-patient ward is ready to reopen but will not be used until wards at Peterborough City Hospital are full.

The 24-bed John Van Geest Ward has been closed for refurbishment since August. The need for a revamp was discovered during a deep clean after four patients contracted a superbug.

The Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust confirmed this week that the ward would be ready to open on Monday, but it will not reopen to patients until Peterborough City Hospital is at capacity.

The trust said there was no point opening the ward until it was needed.

General manager of emergency, critical care and medicine Cara Charles Barks siad: “As in previous years the ward features in the trust’s winter escalation plan.

“Winter always poses some challenges to hospitals in relation to the unpredictable increase in patient attendances and admissions. As such the exact date of opening the John Van Geest ward will be dependent upon patient activity and has not yet been fixed.”

The trust confirmed that once the ward opened it would stay open and offer a service similar to that which patients received before it closed.

This will include care of the elderly and patients waiting for additional community support along with rehabilitation.