WORLD champion gymnast Beth Tweddle visited the Countess of Chester Hospital to open the new cardio, respiratory and vascular (CRV) Department.

The development of the new department took place to address the privacy and dignity improvements required for all patients accessing the previous CRV facilities.

It also aimed to improve access to the department for inpatients, as well as improving the working environment for staff.

It has also allowed for the department to provide an even higher standard of care for services which have expanded and developed over time.

Work started in April last year and the development was completed in December with the department becoming fully operational at the end of January. The cost of the development was about £600,000.

Olympic athlete Beth, who lives in Bunbury, went along on Tuesday to meet the staff and check out the new facilities.

The redevelopment of the department has resulted in the following benefits:

Increased space on the unit, improving privacy and dignity for patients

A modernised patient waiting area and reception

Improved access for inpatient beds and trolley access for the emergency department

An ability to expand services to accommodate the needs of specialities such as stroke, vascular and cardiology

A new multi-functional scanner specifically for cardiac and vascular patients

The development of ‘one-stop shop’ cardiology clinics which have freed up facilities elsewhere in the hospital for other services to expand.