Now able to safely staff it, we reopened Chartridge on 18 August as a community ward to support the flow of medically fit and stable patients, making more bed spaces available for patients requiring acute care at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
Patients being transferred to Chartridge have been assessed as medically ready for discharge from hospital, but are waiting for their care packages or care home placements to be arranged.
The ward is not a rehabilitation ward, but patients are encouraged to maintain their independence and will have access to the same facilities as other patients such as a dayroom with a television.
Patients on Chartridge are being supported by a range of healthcare professionals including nurses, healthcare assistants, doctors and therapists. Visitors will be encouraged, but they must adhere to the Trust’s infection control guidance at all times. This includes wearing a face mask unless exempt and maintaining social distancing where possible.