We are now pressing ahead with plans to improve care for those people who need urgent and emergency treatment, following a Government announcement that the Trust has been allocated funding to build a new Emergency Care facility at Derriford Hospital.
This new building will bring together urgent and emergency care in a single, integrated facility, with dedicated areas for children, those people who are frail and those needing Same Day Emergency Care as well as an emergency department able to treat major trauma and other emergency cases.
The first phase of this building will replace the existing Emergency Department and will be built close to the existing space expanding significantly both upwards and outwards. This space is the oldest part of the existing Derriford Hospital and in need of replacement.
Chief Executive Ann James said: “We are absolutely thrilled. This is a fantastic opportunity to build an urgent and emergency care facility that is fit for Plymouth as the region’s Major Trauma Centre and specialist hospital. It will allow us to see and treat patients from across Devon and Cornwall in a timely way in the most up-to-date healthcare environment.
“We are progressing our plans at speed now with a view to opening this first phase emergency building by 2024. We are fortunate to have so much support from our colleagues across the peninsula, our MPs, the local voluntary sector and I know our staff and patients are really excited about the opportunities this brings.
“We are equally ambitious about developing new facilities for those requiring planned treatment and operations and we will continue to work with all of our key stakeholders to develop this vision of future healthcare for the people of Plymouth and across the peninsula.”
The new facility will be built adjacent to the existing Emergency Department. We will continue to provide emergency services throughout the construction period.
This is part of the national new hospital building programme, known as the Health Infrastructure Plan 2 (HIP2) scheme. Plymouth is in the wave of 25 trusts allocated funding within the HIP2 scheme.
This is an artist’s impression of a rebuilt Derriford Hospital, separated into Emergency and Urgent Care (far left) and Planned Care (far right), with a new main entrance and clinical support hub in the centre. The area shaded in green is the new building announced today.