A new physiotherapy and occupational therapy unit has been developed at Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital, which was officially opened this week.
The Eric and Marion Scott Trust and the Welfare Trustees of Ramsey Cottage Hospital helped to pay for it.
The four Scott trustees, who have been assisted with the project by the Ramsey Cottage Hospital Welfare trustees, unveiled a stone plaque to mark the occasion.
The new therapy facilities are the latest in a long line of improvements at Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital over recent years. Previous projects have included:
The complete redevelopment of the hospital’s inpatient facilities, resulting in a new single inpatient ward, generously funded by the Martin Trust, which opened in 2011
A new wound management and podiatry suite, funded by the Ramsey and District Hospital League of Friends, which opened in 2013
The development of a satellite renal dialysis unit, which was also partly funded by the Eric and Marion Scott Trust with the aid of the Welfare Trustees and opened in 2013, doubling the island’s dialysis capacity.
Minister for Health and Social Care, Howard Quayle MHK, said: ‘On behalf of the department and the people of the Isle of Man I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Scott Trustees and the Welfare Trustees for making this further redevelopment within Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital possible.
‘The Scott Trust’s first generous donation saw the development of the island’s second renal dialysis facility here in Ramsey, which has just marked its first year in operation.
‘During that time a staggering 1,400 dialysis sessions have been undertaken.
‘That alone demonstrates the real and daily impact the donation from the Scott Trust is having on patient’s lives. I am certain that this new physiotherapy and occupational therapy unit will do the same.’
Being based in the same location will mean that the physiotherapy and occupational therapy teams can work more closely together, enabling earlier intervention as staff are able to call on each other’s expertise.