We’re excited to share a first look at the new Urgent and Emergency Care Centre. The fly-through video, which was shared at our recent Annual General Meeting and at last month’s all-staff briefing, gives a better picture of how the space will be used.
The Outline Business Case for Phase 1 was approved by the Trust Board on July 30 and our next step will be to submit the Final Business Case in April 2022, with enabling work beginning on site in summer 2022.
Future Hospital Director, Stuart Windsor said: “We now have an increasing picture of how the building will look and feel. This new facility will consist of two floors of emergency care facilities, one of which will be devoted to same day emergency care; a short stay ward; a new paediatric emergency department; five new interventional theatres; four conventional theatres and all the support accommodation and imaging capacity that’s associated with our emergency care pathway.
Chief Executive, Ann James said: “This purpose built facility will create a modern space where we can effectively and efficiently care for the sickest of patients and also deal with the increasing numbers that are presenting to the hospital. We will be able to progress the facilities for same day emergency care, to reduce waiting times for those who need to be seen and treated, but don’t need to be admitted to the hospital.
“Really importantly, we’ll have state of the art diagnostic equipment to support faster diagnosis but also new interventional radiology theatres and surgical theatres which is at the leading edge of clinical practise and innovation.”
The plans are part of the government’s commitment to build 40 new hospitals by 2030, backed by an initial £3.7 billion, the biggest hospital building programme in a generation.