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Penn Hospital celebrates a milestone in its £10 million refurbishment project

A group of staff and patients from Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust along with colleagues from Wolverhampton City Primary Care Trust and employees of Kier Construction, toured part of the site at Penn Hospital this week to mark a significant point in the £10 million refurbishment project.

Guests were invited to look around the first floor of the main hospital block which on completion will be the male ward. Joe Kimberley, Head of Estates at the Trust, invited guests to write their messages of dedication onto the inside of the plaster board walls as a record of their visit.

Karen Dowman_writing_on_wallThe refurbishment will create a male adult acute ward of 20 beds, a female adult ward of 16 beds and a 16 bedded ward for older people across separate male and female areas. The new facilities will provide a bright and spacious environment, including garden areas, a sun lounge and therapy rooms to support rehabilitation and provide a healing environment for patients.

Karen Dowman, Chief Executive, said: "I'm really pleased to see the new wards coming together. I'm confident they will offer a much more therapeutic environment for our patients and a better workplace for our staff."

Gary Pearce, Director of Kier Construction, said: "I'm delighted with the progress that's been made on site. The project is moving forward at high speed. It's a great credit to the Trust, the designers and our team on site."

The next phase of the project will be the opening of male ward and the older adults' ward in December. The project will be completed next summer.