Plans have been approved for a new emergency department at Scunthorpe General Hospital.
The multi-million pound development, which is being funded by the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England, will include a new Accident and Emergency department, complemented by a bespoke Acute Assessment Unit (AAU).
This new AAU will be staffed by specialists in a range of conditions and illnesses, allowing patients to be seen and treated more quickly, often without the need to be admitted to a ward.
Sited on an area of land which is currently being used for offices and car parking, features of the new department include:
- An increased waiting area to cope with demand and social distancing requirements
- A dedicated play area for our younger patients
- More cubicles, which have been designed to enable flexible use, which will help us manage surges in patient numbers and make it easier to meet individual patient needs.
- A dedicated ambulance bay, reducing the time to transfer patients arriving by ambulance into the hospital
The decision comes just days after the announcement that the Trust has been awarded £40.3 million from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme which will also allow work to start on significant energy improvement schemes at its three main hospital sites across Goole, Scunthorpe and Grimsby, which should deliver annual savings in excess of 5,000 tonnes of CO2.
The first stage of the Emergency Department development will be to create a new single-storey decked parking area close to the Church Lane entrance to the site, replacing the spaces on the site of the new building and work is due to start in mid-April.
Director of Estates and Facilities, Jug Johal, the Senior Responsible Officer, said: “I’m delighted that we have now got over this final hurdle in the planning stages of the programme and work can start in earnest to bring these new facilities online.
“The improvements we will make will help us to lower waiting times in A&E and diagnose patients more quickly as a result of faster access to specialist clinicians.”
“The number one priority for our teams is to give you the best possible care and these works will give them the space, equipment and facilities you need to do that and to ensure we got this right, we have worked closely with clinical colleagues throughout the design process.
“As we look to the future of patient care in Scunthorpe, it’s also important that we acknowledge the past.
“The admin block formed part of the original Scunthorpe and District War Memorial Hospital and the iconic archway at the entrance to the building is not only synonymous with Scunthorpe General but commemorates those who lost their lives fighting in the First World War.
“As such, we felt it was only right that this memorial to their bravery and sacrifice be saved and incorporated into the new building.
“We’re also creating a new heritage wall within the main building, where we’ll display the plaques that are currently hanging in the admin block, along with historical photographs of the building.”