Stevenage MP checks up on Lister’s emerging new emergency department

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland was the first visitor from outside of the Trust to be shown round the Lister’s new emergency department extension, which is on track to open for initial use from August 2013.  Once opened, the old A&E buildings will be refurbished in phases until the whole new £19.3 million department opens fully in Autumn 2014. 

Once opened, the new facility will have:

  • Specialist dedicated emergency and urgent care services for both adults and children;
  • Improved access to specialist radiology services, including CT and MRI;
  • Orthopaedic and fracture clinic – moved to the Lister’s outpatients department with its own dedicated radiology support.  

The new service, which will be supported by the Local A&E service that the East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group will be creating at the New QEII Hospital that is being built now to be ready by Spring 2015, will ensure that those with urgent illnesses and injuries get speedy access to the care and treatment they need locally, whilst at the same time making sure that those with far more serious conditions get seen by specialist emergency trauma teams.

Commenting on his visit, Mr McPartland said: 

“I was delighted to see the building work on our new emergency department at the Lister progressing so quickly. The facilities are going to be state-of-the-art and provide much more room for staff to work in, as well as greater privacy for patients and their families.  It was fantastic to chat to some of the team who will be working in the larger facility as their knowledge and excitement was very impressive.

 Mr McPartland continued: 

“This is another great investment in the Trust’s staff, patients and their families to ensure we have access to the best possible healthcare. I am proud of the NHS and the staff who work in it to save lives on a day-to-day basis in our area.”

 The Trust’s chief executive, Nick Carver, who accompanied Mr McPartland during his visit to the Lister, said: 

“We were delighted to show Stephen McPartland our emerging new emergency department that is now taking shape at the Lister.  The first phase will be completed this August, which is when services begin to move across from the old buildings in phase enabling the areas left behind to be refurbished.  The whole new emergency department will be ready, in full, from the Autumn of 2014.

 “The creation of the Lister’s new emergency department forms an important element of the hospital’s final £150 million transformation by the end of next year.  The Lister’s new critical care unit is now open, as is the refurbished ward 7A and new mortuary.  Over the last two months, work has also on building the Lister’s new ward and theatres blocks that between them all but complete the hospital’s redevelopment in to main acute hospital serving east, south and north Hertfordshire, as well as parts of Bedfordshire.”

The emergency department is one of 11 projects that form part of the Trust’s overall phase four redevelopment of the Lister.  Other key elements, whose full business were approved at the start of the year by the Department of Health and HM Treasury, include a new £19 million ward block at the front of the hospital, as well as a £20 million theatres extension.  All of the phase four projects are scheduled to complete by the end of 2014.