A NEW ward at Worcestershire Royal Hospital is now open with the first patients already being moved in. The new 28-bed Avon 5 ward is connected by a bridge to the main building to make moving patients easier for staff. Access to the ward, located on the second floor of Aconbury East comes via the new £3m link bridge which was opened on the same day. A Worcestershire Acute Health Trust spokesman said the ward would help the hospital cope with increased winter pressures, saying: “We continue to work closely with our partners across the health and care system to manage winter pressures. These important developments form part of a comprehensive Winter Plan which will see more beds in place across the Trust in the coming weeks to help improve patient flow through our hospitals.” The ward was opened on January 16th and the first patient was moved in on the same day.