Lister Emergency Department makes the first move

The first part of a major expansion of the Lister’s emergency department (the new name for A&E) takes place later this month.

The adult’s emergency department is moving overnight on Wednesday, 28 August just next door into the new expansion at the front of the existing unit. Along with other facilities, the new department has a state-of-the-art resuscitation area to help with caring for the sickest patients – which includes an over-the-bed x-ray machine so that very ill patients can be x-rayed without the need to move them to radiology.

The entrance to the new Emergency Department at the Lister Hosptial

Sheelagh Molloy, nursing services manager, said: “We’re really looking forward to the move. The entrance to the new department is just next to the existing one, so there shouldn’t be any confusion for people turning up for treatment.

This first move represents months of planning by clinical staff to make sure the new department helps us give better care to patients. The next stage of the programme is to refurbish the existing adults A&E department, and then we’ll move on to upgrading the children’s emergency department. The whole programme will be complete in late 2014.”

Photo of the entrance to the new Emergency Department at the Lister hospital

By 2014, changes at the Lister will see an overall investment of around £150 million in better services for local people, with around £19 million of this money being spent on expanded, improved facilities in the hospital’s emergency department.