March 14, 2009
hospital to get major refurbishment
War Memorial Hospital is to get a major refurbishment over the
coming year, thanks to £300,000 of funding from the hospital's
League of Friends.
Somerset, formerly Somerset Primary Care Trust, is also providing
further investment to finance the upgrade of the 22 bed hospital.
improvements will include a revamp of the wards, pictured right,
to provide more single and double rooms with en-suite facilities.
will also be brand new kitchen facilities, improved security,
and a new-look foyer leading to the minor injuries unit, ophthalmic
suite and physiotherapy waiting area.
Somerset's Chief Executive, Ian Tipney, said in a statement on
Friday: "We are delighted to be able to work in partnership
with the League of Friends for Burnham Hospital."
much-loved and appreciated NHS facility will be transformed due
to the kind generosity of the hospital 'Friends' and local people.
NHS Somerset will be contributing the extra investment necessary
to deliver a thorough modernisation of the hospital."
investment will upgrade the entire hospital and ensure it is prepared
to meet the future health demands of a modern NHS. We hope to
see building work start later this year."
Deahl, Chairman of Burnham War Memorial Hospital's League of Friends,
added: "We are delighted to be able to support such a major
project. We have been working closely with NHS Somerset in the
development of the plans and look forward to them being realised
in the near future."
start of the project was formally announced to hospital supporters
at their annual party at Burnham's Lakeside Holiday Park on Saturday