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New facilities for nursing and therapy teams at Gainsborough hospital

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: February 10, 2014

By Chris Hall

  • NEW UNIT: Physiotherapist Louise Barlow works with patient Anthony Nicholson in the gym.

  • KITCHEN HELP: Technical instructor Karen Grundy with 100-year-old patient Jim Quixley.

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Hundreds of patients in the Gainsborough area will benefit from new facilities launched at the town's John Coupland Hospital.

For the town's community nursing and therapy teams have moved into a newly refurbished unit at the hospital's Morton Centre.

The teams from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust provide care in patients' homes and clinics.

And the therapy teams both from the community and on the hospital's Scotter Ward help rehabilitate through physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

The Morton Centre has been refurbished to provide a new gym space for therapy treatment sessions and a hand therapy and treatment room.

And its assisted kitchen, which is used for therapeutic assessments, has also been updated.

The facilities are used by patients on Scotter Ward and those attending community clinics.

The centre also provides a dedicated shared office space for the teams.

Ruth Dymock is Gainsborough's community nursing team lead at LCHS.

She said: "Providing the best possible care to our patients is our priority and this move allows our two teams to develop a much closer working relationship.

"For our patients, this will mean we can access services and advice to complement their care more effectively."

Specialist community physiotherapist Louise Barlow said: "The new patient therapy facilities are already making a positive difference to patient rehabilitation.

"This, along with integrating the community nursing team and therapy teams, is helping to provide more seamless and holistic care for our patients."

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