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Medical procedures Unit celebrates first anniversary

Posted on Thursday 1st September 2016

Philip Holliday, Kevin Harrow, Claire Moynan and Pauline Middlemore

The Medical Procedures Unit (MPU) at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, is today celebrating its one-year anniversary.

The unit offers patients more comfort and privacy, and avoids the need for admission to a hospital bed.

A dedicated and experienced nursing team care for patients who may attend the hospital on a regular basis for treatment such as infusions of biological therapies and blood transfusions, or require a day case treatment. Up until last year, these treatments would have been undertaken in a variety of different settings across the hospital.

In the space of just a year the unit has carried out 2,320 procedures since opening and a recent patient experience survey showed that 100% of all patients surveyed on the unit would be likely or highly likely to recommend the service to their friends and families.

Comments from patients include:

“Nothing is too much trouble for staff, they are always cheerful. I saw a consultant today as well, which saves coming back again, so much more efficient and convenient.”

“The staff are very friendly but also professional. I like the fact that I am seen to straight away, first class attention.”

Claire Moynan, deputy ward manager for MPU, said: “The feedback from patients has been very encouraging, it’s great to see that they share our view that the unit has been a success over the year. We see many patients again and again who give positive feedback  about the care they receive.”

Kevin Harrow, ward manager for MPU, said: “The unit has been extremely successful, I’m thrilled that we’re able to celebrate such a positive first year here. The staff work extremely hard to ensure patients receive a great service, and I think that is proven in the feedback we’ve received.”