SouthendHospital has invested more than £17million into building developments with a significant amount going towards critical care facilities.
Work is underway on an expansion of the A&E department that will help to accelerate assessment and treatment at peak periods and help reduce ambulance offload times.
The two-floor extension will include a dedicated Rapid Assessment and Treatment area allowing for early diagnosis for patients arriving via ambulance.
It eliminates an initial junior medical assessment and means that the first doctor a patient sees can create a plan of care and make a sooner decision as to whether the patient requires admission within the hospital, to see their GP, or are discharged home.
Caroline Howard, clinical director for the emergency department and medicine, said: “Having a dedicated, purpose-built area for thiswill mean patients come off the ambulance quicker and get seen by a senior decision maker sooner, all of which helps improve both patient safety and the quality of our patient care, having a big impact.”
The construction which started in August will be completed in 2019.
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