AN ESSENTIAL community hospital has been reopened ahead of schedule following refurbishment.

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A shot in the arm as hospital opens early

The facilities for patients at the Thame Community Hospital have been improved and upgraded.

The work, which started in January, was aimed at improving the environment of the hospital so that it meets modern infection control requirements.

The works included refurbishing the inpatient area with new sinks, ceilings and lighting.

Rachael Corser, lead nurse for the community hospital, said: “We’re really pleased with the improvements and that we’ve been able to reopen the inpatient area ahead of schedule.

“The hospital has a more welcoming feel and we can continue to deliver care to our patients whilst preventing infection in the newly-improved inpatient ward.

“Thank you to all the hospital staff for their continued support throughout the works and for ensuring we continued to maintain excellent care for our patients.”

A spokesman for Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust said: “Following the successful integration between acute and community healthcare services last year, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has been working to improve and develop services in the community, providing high quality care closer to patient’s homes wherever possible.

“The refurbishment works at Thame Community Hospital put the hospital in a better position to support services as we look to develop them further in the future.”

Thame Community Hospital provides care for patients following treatment or surgery. The hospital acts as a bridge between hospital and home, particularly for elderly patients who may need rehabilitation before being able to look after themselves.