Yaralla celebrated with a sanga

Mental Health registered nurses Somumya Anand
Mental Health registered nurses Somumya Anand

Staff have welcomed the completion of the refurbishment of Cumberland Hospital’s Yaralla ward.

The ward welcomed its first patients in the new-look space last week, after it was temporarily closed for an internal make-over.

The refurbishment was designed to enhance staff and patient safety in the space by improving sight lines and visibility.

Nurses at barbecue
Mental Health registered nurses Somumya Anand, Evelyn Adutan, Kalyan Karki,Nima Suthar (trainee nurse).

The ward now offers a larger main entrance, new reception area and a new staff room and staff station.

Ward staff celebrated the refurbishment in early March with a barbecue.

Mental health executive director A/Prof Beth Kotze thanked the staff for their patience during the renovation.

“I am thrilled to see the new-look ward come to life,” she said.

“The staff have been so patient during the work and I know the new space will enhance visibility, safety and patient care.”

The second stage of the refurbishment will start soon and includes upgrades to fencing and courtyard spaces.