Royal visitor for Wolfson Cystic Fibrosis Centre
The new Wolfson Cystic Fibrosis Centre for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) was officially opened by Sophie Countess of Wessex last week
The sun shone as HRH the Countess of Wessex met patients, staff and major charitable donors during her visit to the £6.6m centre which has transformed Cystic Fibrosis (CF) services in the Nottingham region.
CF is a complex, progressive, multisystem disorder, requiring rigorous cross infection guidelines. Treatment includes regular physiotherapy and exercise as well as a focussed programme of nutrition. Patients, often teenagers and young adults, may require long periods of hospitalisation, frequently resident for several weeks before being capable of going home.
Kathryn Hodgson, a CF patient explained: “It wasn’t good before, it really wasn’t. We were just on the normal wards and there was no speciality care. I just didn’t want to come in at all. But now I volunteer to come, as soon as I feel my breathing is difficult I come.”
The new centre accommodates all services under one roof and provides a welcoming ‘home in a hospital’ where patients can relax and focus on improving their well-being. Patient comments now include: “ Would like to say I am really looking forward to coming to the Wolfson CF Unit.. the rooms are absolutely stunning.” ”The unit is fantastic. I’ve had three admissions so far and I feel like I’m staying in a hotel. They’ve sorted many issues for me in the space of weeks and made me feel safer and healthier.”
The culmination of years of dedicated work from CF consultant Dr Jane Dewar and her team, the development was funded by NUH and Nottingham Hospitals Charity with additional support from The Wolfson Foundation and The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Project team: Contractor: Interserve; Architect: P+HS Architects; Structural Engineers: BWB Consulting; M & E Engineers: Couch Perry Wilkes; Landscape Architects: Standerwick Land Design; Interiors: Re-Design Interiors