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Emergency Floor nursing team

Welcome to the team

Monday July 7, 2014

Worthing Hospital’s new emergency floor moved a step closer this week as its nurses took part in the first of a series of training sessions.

Hosted by Matron Sue Shepherd, Dr David Hunt, Dr Roger Duckitt and Dr Adrian Richardson, the two-day session at Homefield, Worthing Hospital, was an opportunity to bring together 25 of the nurses who will be working on the new floor.

The floor is designed to radically improve the Trust’s ability to manage the admission of adult patients

Ultimately, the Emergency Floor will be a 67-bedded facility, bringing together the existing Acute Medicine Unit (AMU), with Medicine for the Elderly, and Surgical Assessment.

This was the first time nurses from each of these areas had the opportunity to get together.

Sue explained the event was a chance for the teams to meet their new colleagues and broaden their skillset ready for when the unit opens at the end of the year.

There are also similar sessions planned in July and August for the remaining nurses who will be part of the team.

Ultimately the floor is designed to radically improve the Trust’s ability to manage the admission of adult patients.

This will focus all adult admissions into a single, integrated unit which is linked closely to A&E and diagnostics. It will help to improve patient care, reduce length of stay, and allow more patients to be treated outside hospital when appropriate.

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