Work starts on £4m Pilgrim Hospital unit in Boston

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Work has started on a £4m project to build an improved intensive care unit at Pilgrim Hospital in Lincolnshire.

The state-of-the-art facility, which will open in spring 2012, replaces the existing "cramped" unit in Boston.

The new unit will feature four single rooms and an eight-bay ward with visitor areas and equipment.

The project is being built in conjunction with the development of a new endoscopy unit on the second floor of the hospital.

Hospital spokesman Siobhan Sodiwala said the new development will replace a much smaller unit and bring major benefits to seriously ill patients and their relatives.

"The old nine-bedded unit was cramped and very much in need of redevelopment, this new unit will be so much better," she said.

She said the single rooms will be used to isolate patients with infections.

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