ST GEORGE’S has today (Tuesday 1 February) renamed three of its wards to help patients and visitors find their way around the hospital.

Benjamin Brodie ward has been renamed Florence Nightingale ward after the legendary nurse and public health reformer who was a Governor of St George’s Hospital towards the end of the 19th century.

Addison ward, which cares for elderly patients, has changed its name to Trevor Howell ward in honour of the consultant who founded the British Geriatric Society.

And the new name for Bernhard Baron ward, which treats children suffering from neurological problems, is Ocean ward.

Announcing the changes, the hospital’s director of nursing, Geraldine Walters said:

‘Many of our wards have names that sound very similar and we know how confusing this must be for patients, visitors and staff.

‘The renaming of the wards plus all the work we have done to improve signage around the hospital, should make it easier for people to find their way around the site.’

St George’s Hospital has nearly 40 wards spread across a 35-acre site in Tooting. Every year more than half a million patients visit the hospital for treatment.

The new ward names were chosen after a lengthy consultation with patients and staff. Patients and visitors were informed of the changes today.