York Hospital’s Emergency Department will benefit from a £15m investment to increase capacity and improve patient care. This will help develop a brand new two-storey extension and eight bedded resuscitation area.
The work to expand and reconfigure the department’s urgent and emergency care facilities is expected to start next month. It will also include improvements to both the waiting room and the consultation and treatment areas. The new waiting area will include a separate children's area and supporting facilities such as nappy changing area.
Gary Kitching, Consultant and Clinical Director in Emergency Medicine, said: “These much-needed improvements will make an enormous difference to the department. As well as twelve new assessment and treatment cubicles, where patients will be met by the senior team as soon as they arrive, there will be a dedicated safe room for mental health patients.
“The new resuscitation zone is a huge upgrade, increasing our capacity significantly, with a dedicated area for children. There will also be a new infectious diseases cubicle that includes a point of care testing laboratory and glazed cubicles for privacy and infection control.”
Mike Harkness, Care Group Director for the Emergency Department, said: “It is a fantastic opportunity to make changes and be able to create improvements for the urgent and emergency care service of the future at York Hospital. This investment will provide the extra space and facilities we need and improve initial assessment and faster decision making for patients, as well as creating a much better working environment for our staff.”