The threat of closure hanging over Milford Hospital for some years past was, at last, lifted with the news that Surrey Health have decided to keep the hospital open and invest £1.5 million on refurbishment. That refurbishment has now been completed.
The investment approved by the NHS Surrey Board included new single rooms and improved relaxation areas for patients, making the hospital a more comfortable place for patients to recover.The completed refurbishment was a great achievement given the current financial climate. The improvements will also improve access for patients with disabilities and are an opportunity to fundamentally improve the building’s future flexibility and capacity to meet the changing health needs of the community. This investment shows the importance of Milford Hospital and by creating areas that can be used flexibly-adapting for outpatient and inpatient needs as required-the hospital will be better equipped to respond to changing needs in the future with the potential for increased bed capacity. Staff, patients and supporters alike are delighted that this much needed service has been expanded and made available to patients, their families and carers.
In summary it means that the much improved facilities and services will enable the hospital to provide rehabilitation care fit for the 21st century. The League of Friends wishes to express gratitude to Surrey Health and all those supporters and campaigners who have worked so hard over the years to retain the hospital and, lastly but by no means least to the hospital staff who have remained loyal and continued to provide the highest standard of care throughout the past years of uncertainty.
At the 2014 AGM we heard the very welcome news that the much valued X-ray service at Milford has finally been upgraded so that images are available on line to local commissioning GPs and the local hospitals.
Virgin Care, who now deliver the NHS services in the hospital, have noticeably improved patient amenities by ensuring all patients had access to TVs. The first benefit was that everyone could join in the various celebrations during the summer of 2012, but major sporting fixtures are also followed closely. The League of Friends has supplied CD and cassette players in each ward for talking books and talking newspapers.