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McEntee Ward reopens following refurbishment

18th May 2020

The McEntee Ward has now reopened following a major refurbishment at St George’s Hospital, which was made possible by a generous legacy donation and support from St George’s Hospital Charity.

The ward was first established in 1988 as a purpose built infectious diseases unit, at the height of the HIV and AIDS pandemic, and has gone on to care for patients with various infectious diseases. In December 2019, after receiving a generous legacy donation from a former patient, Mr Thomas, the ward was temporarily closed to enable a refurbishment to take place.

The McEntee Ward has now re-opened, with 18 dedicated side rooms for patient requiring isolation, new flooring throughout, a new staff hub, enhanced lighting, plus modern ventilation to ensure patients and staff on the ward are kept safe.

Linda Smith, Matron on the ward, said: “The ward has been such an important part of St George’s recent history, but needed a refurbishment, and we were so lucky to receive a substantial legacy from a former patient, Mr Thomas, and we wanted to make the very best use of his generous offer.”

“We wanted to make the en-suite shower rooms into wet rooms, to allow better and easier access for our patients. Patients treated on The McEntee Ward can at times spend weeks in isolation, which can be a really difficult time for them – so we wanted to make the ward look and feel more welcoming.”

“I would like to thank our estates and facilities team, especially John Cronin and Chad Gray for their tireless work in ensuring the charitable money was used in the best way. The team also worked hard to ensure the work was completed in the shortest time possible to ensure the ward was ready to open and care for Covid-19 patients. We are also grateful to Mr Thomas and St George’s Hospital Charity for making the refurbishment possible.”

“The McEntee Ward was such an important part of the hospital’s response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic of the 1980s, so it’s quite poignant that the refurbished ward has opened just as we enter a new but very different pandemic in the form of Covid-19”.






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