£1.24m investment into Queen’s Hospital Emergency Department

£1.24m investment into Queen’s Hospital Emergency Department
14 November 2017

CONSTRUCTION work on a major refurbishment of the Emergency Department at Queen’s Hospital in Burton is set to commence this week. The work is part of a £1.24m project to modernise the minor injuries area of the A&E area and underlines the Trust’s commitment to retaining urgent care services in Burton, ahead of the proposed merger with Derby Teaching Hospitals.

During the works, which are due to be completed in March 2018, the minor injuries area of the department is being relocated temporarily to the Ambulatory Emergency Centre (AEC) on Ward 9 next to the Emergency Department on the ground floor at Queen’s Hospital.

There will be no change to the service provided to patients although with demand for urgent care services during the winter period expected to be high, the public are being urged to consider using alternative services, such as Minor Injury Units, pharmacy and GP surgeries, for their care needs.

Helen Scott-South, Chief Executive, said: “This is an extremely exciting development for the Trust as it will help to provide a more modern and spacious area within the Emergency Department to enhance the high-quality care we provide to patients.

“We have committed to providing a full, high-quality urgent care service to the people of Burton and the surrounding areas as part of our proposed merger with Derby and this investment emphasises just how important our Emergency Department is, not just for the public but for our clinicians as well.”

Duncan Bedford, Chief Operating Officer, added: “Similar to all other acute Trusts across the country, we are expecting demand for our urgent care services to be high this winter, so we are asking the public to be patient with us during these important works.

“Patients with non-life threatening conditions are urged to explore different pathways during this time as they may be seen and cared for faster. Local alternatives include: Minor Injury Units at Tamworth and Lichfield, Walk in Facilities in Swadlincote, Pharmacies, NHS 111 and their own GP surgery.”

The investment is part-funded by the allocation of £785,000 A&E capital funding, awarded to the Trust by the Department of Health in April 2017.

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