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Newly refurbished ward reopens in Worthing

Date: 29 September 2022

Our Intermediate Care Unit at Salvington Lodge in Worthing will reopen in October following refurbishment.

Ferring Ward will start welcoming patients from Monday 3 October 2022.

The ICU provides 18 community beds for adults aged 18 and over who need short-term rehabilitation to keep them out of an acute hospital or to support them to return home after a hospital stay. It also offers end of life care.

The unit temporarily closed in May 2021, with the beds re-located to Iris Ward at Horsham Hospital for the duration of the works.

Teams are now in the process of moving the ward back to Ferring Ward at Salvington Lodge on Worthing. 

The aim is for current inpatients to be discharged, where they are ready and it is safe to do so, before the move happens. If this is not possible, they will be transferred to another local NHS unit.

Our clinical teams are working closely with patients and their families and we are doing everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum.

Salvington Lodge previously hosted our IV Therapy Service and Lymphoedema Service. These services relocated to alternative bases in West Sussex during the refurbishment but will not return to Salvington Lodge when it reopens. Instead, they will remain where they are and move into the new Worthing Integrated Care Centre (WICC) when it opens in 2023.

Ferring Ward is part of the shared Salvington Lodge building in Worthing, which is managed by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the main provider of NHS mental health and learning disability services in Sussex. The works are part of a wider project to refurbish the whole building, which will also be home to Sussex Partnership’s flagship centre of excellence for dementia care.

If you have any questions about the move, please contact Lucie Brumder on l.brumder@nhs.net