George Eliot Hospital welcomed investment earlier this year from the Department of Health to help ease pressure for winter 2017/2018.
The £1m funding is being used by the hospital to help meet the 95% standard for admitting, transferring, or discharging patients within 4 hours, by ensuring patients are treated in the most appropriate setting.
These exciting new improvements to A&E have started to improve access to A&E and Urgent Care for our local community and to enlarge existing facilities.
The improvements create a ‘One Stop Shop’ Emergency Department accessed through one front door that incorporates A&E, out-of-hours GP services, urgent care and the minor injury service.
Urgent Care and Out of hours services will be located together in the new extended A&E and the minor injury unit will be enlarged to better support our patients. This improvement to our existing services aims to increase capacity, improve waiting areas and decrease waiting times for our patients.
During the development, the A&E reception and waiting room will be replaced with a temporary reception/waiting room area. Telephone numbers to the department will not change and there will be no change for our Ambulance arrival area.
These changes will be in place for approximately 16 weeks and any changes to the schedule will be communicated to both public and our staff.