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The opening of the new outpatients area at St Martin's Hospital

A rundown ward at St Martin's Hospital has been transformed into a new outpatient area

The Clara Cross Unit, named after a pathologist who was the first female NHS consultant in Bath, was opened in 1975 at the Odd Down hospital.

The opening of the new outpatients area at St Martin's Hospital

It was in need of modernising and has now emerged from a £500,000 refit.

The new unit was open by Dr Cross's niece Dr Dileas Sweetenham, who was a partner at the Great Pulteney Street Practice for nearly 30 years.

Dr Sweetenham has Parkinson's Disease and is a patient at the centre, which is run by Sirona Care and Health.

She said: "I am delighted and very flattered to be asked to open the new Clara Cross Unit.

"I qualify for this task in two ways: firstly, Clara Cross was my father's sister, and secondly I am a patient attending the unit getting excellent advice for Parkinson's Disease. I need this unit and its skilled staff, and wouldn't Clara be proud now of this development, its holistic approach and the achievement of staff?"

Dr Cross's son Rodney and Sirona chairman Simon Knighton were also present at the opening.

The unit provides clinics for the falls and balance service, which is aimed at older people who are at risk of falling or who have movement disorders, hearing therapy and community audiology.

It has been funded by NHS B&NES, with additional support from Sirona and the Social Enterprise Investment Fund.


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