The musculoskeletal (MSK) department at Horsham Hospital has been improved so that patients can see a wider range of specialists and be diagnosed and treated more quickly and closer to home.
The service treats people with a wide range of muscle, bone and joint conditions, such as arthritis, back pain and sports injuries.
15 new treatment rooms have been opened and the seven existing rooms, waiting areas and facilities have been refurbished. The improvements mean that patients can see a wide range of specialist doctors and therapists and where possible can receive scans all in one visit. This reduces the need for repeat visits and means patients can be diagnosed and begin treatment sooner.
A new rheumatology infusion suite opening later in the year also means that local people will no longer need to travel to East Surrey Hospital in Redhill for their treatment. The hydrotherapy pool has also been improved, providing aquatic physiotherapy, and the gym has been refitted.
The Sussex MSK Partnership runs all the NHS MSK services across central Sussex. This significant investment and refurbishment of the Horsham clinic is a key part of their plans to radically improve MSK care for all patients with better, quicker care available closer to home. Patients can be referred to the service by their GP.
The Horsham Hospital League of Friends also made contributions to the rheumatology infusion suite and new gym equipment for patients, for which the service is very grateful and which will no doubt improve patients’ experience within the service.
Natalie Blunt, Sussex MSK Partnership’s Deputy Managing Director, said: “We’re thrilled to have the new facilities up and running. As well as offering a nicer environment for our patients it means that we have a larger team able to offer personalised care for our patients right from the start. Our aim is to focus on what matters most to each of our patients. We would like to thank the League of Friends for their fantastic support.”
The department has been designed from a patient’s perspective. Dementia-friendly colours and signage have been used, with icons and pictures as well as easy to read words, and facilities are fully accessible for people with mobility problems.
The refurbishment was coordinated by NHS Property Services and includes upgrades to other areas of the hospital. Alasdair White, Head of Construction at NHS Property Services, said: “Our projects are designed to bring wide-ranging benefits for our customers and patients and it’s great to see the outcome of our partnership working at Horsham Hospital, with the introduction of the new MSK hub”.