New hub for MSK patients at Horsham Hospital

Part of the revamped MSK unit at Horsham Hospital

by Amy Williams

A £2m programme of construction work, including the creation of clinical hubs for musculoskeletal (MSK) clinical services at Horsham Hospital is now complete.

The musculoskeletal (MSK) department at Horsham Hospital treats people with a wide range of muscle, bone and joint conditions, such as arthritis, back pain and sports injuries.

The team now have a dedicated work space within the Hurst Road hospital, creating a safe, efficient, sustainable and modern healthcare environment for patients, staff and visitors.

The refurbishment was coordinated by NHS Property Services and also included upgrades to other areas of the hospital.

Alasdair White, Head of Construction at NHS Property Services, said: “Our projects are designed to bring wide-ranging benefits for our customers and patients and it’s great to see the outcome of our partnership working at Horsham Hospital, with the introduction of a new MSK Hubs.

“The work involved some minor disruption to the site, but by working closely and effectively with tenants, the hospital was able to continue to operate as normal.

“While we were on site, we also took the opportunity to upgrade the rehabilitation gym, commence a programme to replace areas of flooring across the hospital and undertake works to the building infrastructure. We also undertook a major renewal of the roof above the Horizon Wards, all of which will improve existing facilities and extend the life of the building.”

15 new treatment rooms have been opened and the seven existing rooms, waiting areas and facilities have been refurbished. The improvements mean that patients can see a wide range of specialist doctors and therapists and where possible can receive scans all in one visit.

The Sussex MSK Partnership runs all the NHS MSK services across central Sussex.

Natalie Blunt, Sussex MSK Partnership’s Deputy Managing Director, said: “We’re thrilled to have the new facilities up and running. As well as offering a nicer environment for our patients it means that we have a larger team able to offer personalised care for our patients right from the start. Our aim is to focus on what matters most to each of our patients. We would like to thank the League of Friends for their fantastic support.”