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News archive - January 2012
New three-storey centre for Musgrove Park
MUSGROVE PARK Hospital in Taunton has had confirmation of the loan needed to complete the financing of a new £34m centre. Work will start in the spring and the first patients will be treated towards the end of autumn 2013.
The new facilities will enable the Hospital to play an important role in the new major trauma networks which are being developed across the West Country. The three-storey centre, which replaces wards 1 to 5 in the Old Building, will incorporate 112 single rooms with en-suite facilities.
Having single rooms rather than bays will eliminate mixed sex accommodation, help prevent infection and ensure the privacy of patients. There is strong evidence that patients sleep better in single rooms as they are not disrupted by noise at night, which helps patients recover faster. This is good for the patients and for the Hospital in making the best use of its beds, says the Trust.
The loan from the NHS Financing Facility provides finance at low levels of interest to help fund the healthcare facilities without the need for private finance.
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