ST GEORGE’S Hospital has flung open the doors of its fracture unit again after a £1m refurbishment.

The project, which was funded by the NHS Modernisation Agency as part of the Action on Orthopaedics scheme, has taken five months to complete.

The unit has been completely refurbished and its layout redesigned to provide space for two more consulting rooms and four extra examination cubicles where nurses can change dressings and prepare patients for assessment before they are seen by doctors.

The hospital’s Senior Sister for Orthopaedics, Gwen Lancaster, is amazed by the transformation:

“The new clinic is lovely. It is so much better than the way it was before.

“The old clinic was dark, dingy and cramped. The new one is light, airy and spacious. It has a more contemporary feel, it makes much better use of space, plus the combination of additional consulting rooms and examination cubicles will improve the flow of patients through the clinic for treatment.”

The unit has been equipped with new lighting and air conditioning, and has been redesigned to provide more access for wheelchair-bound patients.

More than 25,000 patients are treated by the clinic every year for broken bones and fractures.