WORK has begun on a £1.5m expansion and refurbishment of the A&E department at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI).
Site excavations got under way as a mobile operating theatre opened to help prevent delays in treating emergency patients.
Senior medical staff and nurses have been recruited to support the unit and 34 extra beds have also been provided within the main hospital amidreports that A&E – now called the ED (Emergency Department) by hospital bosses – was struggling to cope.
The expanded A&E will include the development of a new 160 sq metres Minor Injuries Unit with five examination rooms, a waiting area, nurse base, clean utility and store.
The unit will also streamline A&E treatment, meaning parts of the department designed to focus specifically on major trauma patients can do so.
An additional resuscitation bay and refurbishment of the existing resuscitation areas are also part of the development.
The next stage of work on site will see external walls constructed.
See the Lancaster Guardian (15-03-12) for full story.