The A and E department at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary will officially open at the end of this month.
The department has undergone substantial work including the development of a
new Minor Injuries Unit that allows staff to see more patients with five extra
examination rooms, a waiting area, nurse base, clean utility and store.
More importantly, it streamlines the treatment of patients, meaning the parts of the
department designed to specifically focus on major trauma patients can do so.
The refurbishment has also included a significantly enhanced reception area, where
patients and visitors book into the department, improved disabled facilities, a new
porch area for ambulances, and a new relative’s room that provides a quiet
environment for those people who require it.
The existing resuscitation facilities were considerably enhanced and the waiting
area underwent a refurbishment.
The full £1.5M scheme has been completed, as part of the overall plan in just over
Juliet Walters, Chief Operating Officer, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay
NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are absolutely committed to offering the best possible care and experience to our patients, and this work has made a significant difference, not only to patients who receive care in a much nicer environment, but also to our staff.
“The Emergency Department is often seen as the front door to a hospital and with
the numbers of people attending such departments across the country increasing
year on year; we wanted to make these changes to ensure we can continue to see
and treat patients quickly, and in the right place.
“The new Minor Injuries Unit is a great way of achieving this as it allows us to keep the main area of the department free for those patients that are seriously ill and need immediate treatment.
“We couldn’t have done these much needed improvements without the support of our staff, patients and visitors, and on behalf of the Trust, I’d like to thank them whole heartedly for their cooperation throughout.”
The official opening will take place on Friday, October 25, at 2.15pm.
It will be opened by Eric Ollerenshaw, MP, who will be joined by staff from the Emergency
Department, Trust Board members and Governors.