Ward 1 at St Luke’s Hospital has welcomed patients back this week, after a short closure for roof repairs, redecoration and minor alterations.

The specialist stroke unit shut for three weeks at the beginning of July to allow the work to be completed without disturbing patients.

The main project was a comprehensive repair to stop roof leaks. Contractors managed by NHS Property Services also created extra storage space, replaced roof lights to make the ward cooler on hot summer days, and repainted the wards. New blinds will be fitted shortly.

Ward manager Nicola Utting said: “The redecoration has made it a better environment for patients. We are looking forward to welcoming them back.”

There are two inpatient wards at St Luke’s. The other – Ward 3 – offers sub-acute care, rehabilitation and end-of-life care.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s other specialist stoke ward is at Coalville Community Hospital.

You can see the refurbished Ward 1 in this short video: https://youtu.be/Q_aHVcBrYew .