Our Trust has now received the go ahead from HM Treasury to start building the Lister’s new £19.3 million emergency department.
Building work should start before the end of June 2012 and we expect the new department to start treating its first patients in Autumn 2014.
The new facility will have:
- Specialist emergency and urgent care services for both adults and children;
- Improved radiology services, including a new CT scanner;
- Orthopaedic and fracture clinic – moved to the hospital’s outpatients department with its own dedicated radiology support.
The images below show artist impressions of what the new emergency department and ward block will look like.
The Trust’s divisional chair for medicine and a consultant in emergency medicine, Dr Jon Baker, said:
“Once ready, the Lister’s new emergency department will give our clinical teams the ability to provide a great new service to our local communities. The majority of people – probably at least two thirds attending the hospital’s current A&E service – will use the urgent care centre, with those needing potentially life-saving care using the department’s more specialist services.
“This arrangement, which will be supported by the Local A&E service that NHS Hertfordshire will be creating at the New QEII Hospital that is being built to the same timescales, 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 treated by specialist emergency teams.
“There will be many benefits from creating the new service, which includes the hospital’s MRI scanning service having a dedicated recovery area for patients – something we cannot offer currently. Also the existing, busy facture clinic will move into the Lister’s outpatients department, where it will have its own dedicated radiology support – the aim of which is to provide faster access to this important follow-up service, whilst at the same time improving patient experience.”