Working party considers Stamford Hospital ward’s future

A HOSPITAL trust says it is still treating three people on a ward which is due to be closed.

Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust announced two weeks ago it was closing Stamford Hospital’s last remaining in-patient ward for up to six months for a renovation.

The John Van Geest unit was closed to new admissions on August 5 after four patients had contracted superbug C.difficile.

Staff are treating three people on the ward, which will close after their discharge.

A deep clean of the ward revealed the need for renovation and it will be closed for between three to six months.

A working party will be looking at the refurbishment of the ward and what the future use of the ward will be. The group has started to meet but talks are at an early stage.

A spokesman said: “Following a deep clean of the ward, the decision was made to make further changes to the ward itself to ensure that it adheres to national guidelines around infection control. However, the processes and procedures in place remain unaffected. The infection control team work very hard to ensure that patient safety is a priority and the same guidance applies at both Stamford and the City Hospitals.”