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Cash-strapped bosses bring in changes

PUBLISHED: 17:34 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:10 25 August 2010

A DEBT-RIDDEN hospital is changing the way it works in a bid to become more efficient.

A DEBT-RIDDEN hospital is changing the way it works in a bid to become more efficient.

Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough, introduced the new in-and-out system in the hope it will reduce delays and save money.

Last year, the hospital spent £17 million a year more than it earned, on top of the £100 million of debt it has accumulated over many years.

Now, patients arriving for surgery go straight to a new admissions lounge on surgical ward 4, rather than to a ward.

Meanwhile patients going home from both medicine and surgery will move to the new discharge lounge on surgical ward 8.

A spokesperson for the hospital said: "This means that staff on wards can concentrate on their rounds and other important nursing duties, including making sure beds are ready for new patients when they return from theatre."

The waiting area for transport has also moved to the new discharge lounge rather than being sited on the ground floor behind the coffee shop.

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