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January 25, 2012

Patients in and around the Crewe area will now have access to more efficient treatment for slips, trips and falls, following the refurbishment of Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s (MCHFT) dedicated Orthopaedic Outpatients Department (OPD).

The improved facilities at Leighton Hospital, which local MP Edward Timpson was recently given a tour of, now offer a greatly increased amount of privacy and dignity for patients, with eight individual consultation rooms replacing the seven curtained cubicles which were originally in place.

The department, which incorporates the Trust’s Fracture Clinic, now also has a specially designed plaster room, replacing the previous facility which used to be located in a portacabin adjacent to the unit. This new plaster room is air-conditioned for the comfort of the patients, and has facilities to allow for four patients to be seen simultaneously.

Del Owen, Matron for the Trust’s Surgery and Cancer Division, said: “The three-month refurbishment has created a much more efficient service and pleasant environment for patients, and has greatly improved the working conditions for our staff.

“The new reception and waiting area is light and airy, and also features a television for patients, courtesy of the hospital’s League of Friends charity organisation.”

Speaking during his visit, Edward Timpson MP said: “I have been very impressed by the new treatment facilities which I have seen here at Leighton Hospital. The people of Crewe, Nantwich and the surrounding areas will be well served by having such a valuable clinic on their doorstep.”

Tracy Bullock, Chief Executive of MCHFT, added: “The new Orthopaedic OPD Clinic is a demonstration of how the Trust is making investments for the continued benefit of our patients, helping to improve the quality of care that they receive here.”