On Wednesday 6 March, building work begins to improve the resuscitation unit within our Emergency Department at Derriford Hospital.
Resus bays are used to assess and treat the most acutely unwell patients who come in as emergencies. The work will double the size of the resuscitation unit, increasing it from four to seven resus bays.
The work is part of a £2m upgrade to the existing Emergency Department announced in September last year. It is great news but there will be some disruption.
The building work will last ten days and during that time we will use other parts of the Emergency Department as an alternative resus area. But it does mean staff will have a smaller Emergency Department in which to care for patients.
We are using as many alternative spaces as possible in the hospital but patients who do have to come in will notice a difference for a short period.
The Emergency Department will remain open and operational for emergencies but we are asking people wherever possible to #HelpUsHelpYou. If appropriate, please consider using
- Your local pharmacy
- Your GP
- One of the three local Minor Injuries Units
- Call or go online for NHS 111
If you do have to come to the Emergency Department, we apologise for any inconvenience caused by the building works.
Artist impression of new Resus area