A special ward has been opened to provide infection control nursing care at West Suffolk Hospital.
Ward F12 has been refurbished and converted to a dedicated isolation facility providing eight single rooms, most of which have en suite toilet and shower facilities.
The £40,000 project means that patients with high risk infections such as colstridium difficile and MRSA can be treated at the unit by staff who have specific expertise and training in infection control.
The refurbishment has been carried out to reeduce the spread of such infectious illnesses.
Previously patients were treated in 32 side rooms spread across the hospital. These will now be earmarked for patients needing additional privacy.
Gary Ingalla, senior matron for medicine, said: “The development comes as part of the trust’s ongoing commitment to further improve the environment for patients. This will make a huge difference to patients with infectious diseases and to their outgcomes. The unit will also reduce the chance of someone who is already frail and vulnerable developing further problems.”