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Official opening celebrates redevelopment at North Cambs Hospital

by Phillipa Davies | Apr 18, 2019

Staff celebrated their new home at Rowan Lodge, North Cambs Hospital, at the official opening last week.Man cuts the ribbon with a large group of people behind

The event marks the near completion of the first phase of an £8 million site redevelopment, which is being undertaken and funded by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust.  

The Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP joined teams from DynamicHealth musculoskeletal physiotherapy service and the new midwifery community hub (provided by Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn) to cut the ribbon.

He said: “As you know I am a passionate advocate for local services. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase the transformation of Rowan Lodge; the first phase of this major redevelopment at North Cambs Hospital. It looks great; the accommodation provides vastly improved clinical areas and privacy for patients, and a welcoming environment with fantastic feature walls and murals.”

The DynamicHealth team has been successfully delivering services from their bespoke accommodation since 22 October. Fiona Bennett, team lead physio said: “Feedback from staff and patients has been really positive. The move has allowed us to increase the number of clinics were offer and provide patients with dedicated meeting rooms for education sessions and a state of the art gym.

“It was great to have representatives from local gyms at the event, as we continue to strengthen relationships and improve access to community activities for patients.”

Small group of women in nurses uniformsBlue team leader Ruth Macfarlane is thrilled with the new hub, which boasts five clinic rooms, a treatment room and staff areas. She said: “We are really excited to be the first local Midwifery Community Hub, which aims to provide the antenatal and postnatal care within one area to save women from travelling too far.

“The hub is beautifully decorated by the murals, which were funded by Friends of the Wisbech Hospitals, and the whole area is much brighter and lighter. Families love it.”

This transformation would not have been possible without our partners from MJS, Footprints, Ingleton Wood, Martin Dales and The Friends of Wisbech Hospitals who kindly funded the wall art.