Southampton General Hospital is opening a £1.5m respiratory unit today

New £1.5m ward opens at hospital

New £1.5m ward opens at hospital

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

A SOUTHAMPTON hospital is today unveiling a new hi-tech unit to tackle lung and breathing problems.

Southampton General Hospital opens its £1.5m respiratory high dependency unit today which has been hailed as a major step forward for caring for patients with severe lung and breathing problems.

It gives the unit a purpose-built home at the hospital for the first time in 10 years and will also see 12 new nurses appointed, taking the total up to 33.

The nine-bed unit treats patients with conditions including asthmas, pneumonia, motor neurone disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

It will also have four additional side rooms with en suite bathrooms.

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