Newly refurbished A and E department to be opened

The Centenary Building at Lancaster Royal Infirmary

The Centenary Building at Lancaster Royal Infirmary

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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

13 months.

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.