Rachel Maclean MP: Keeping an eye on the return of Garden Suite - The Redditch Standard
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Rachel Maclean MP: Keeping an eye on the return of Garden Suite

Redditch Editorial 17th Apr, 2022

The Rachel Maclean Column:

EVER since Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust confirmed the Garden Suite will be returned to the Alexandra Hospital following our campaign, I’ve been holding Acute Trust bosses to account to ensure this service is returned as soon as possible.

The first stage of the work to return the Garden Suite to the Alex has been completed.

This involved the Trust reviewing the demand and capacity requirements for ambulatory chemotherapy services in Worcestershire to determine the activity volumes which would flow through each of the three units, and therefore the size of each unit required.

By returning the Garden Suite to the Alex, we’re returning to a situation where all three of the Trust’s hospitals provide chemotherapy.

This was the case before the pandemic and it will continue as we learn to live with Covid.

The next stage involves the Trust identifying suitable locations at the Alex. This is happening right now.

The Garden Suite will need to be located in a suitable Covid-secure setting as chemotherapy patients are immuno-suppressed.

The Trust will be finalising the options by the end of the month.

Once this work has been completed I will update readers again.

With the Garden Suite returning to the Alex, the opening of the purpose-built breast imaging unit and state-of-the-art robot-assisted surgery finally on its way, it shows our hospital has a bright future ahead of it.

Rachel Maclean MP

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