Transformation of Lister’s emergency department nears completion

The new children’s emergency service area within the overall and much expanded emergency department at the Lister opens to patients from 8 October. This marks the completion of the penultimate phase of the unit’s £19 million transformation, providing patients with:

• 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 people can be x-rayed simply without the need to move them;
• Separate areas for adults with major and minor illness and injuries;
• A much bigger children’s facility, supporting those with both major and minor injuries and illnesses.

Lister emergency department - new majors area

The final phase – the creation of the department’s new CT scanner service – starts on 13 October and  will open to patients from 1 December 2014. The new department has been designed to cope with  expected levels of demand following the QEII service moving to being a 24/7 Urgent Care Centre as  of 1 October 2014.

The department is also located next to the Trust’s other emergency services,  including the acute medical and cardiac units in the nearby new ward block, as well as the 24/7 heart  attack centre.

The result of all this work is that patients requiring emergency treatment will be able to access it  more quickly and efficiently than before.  At the same time, those with more minor injuries and  illnesses will also be able to access these services at the Lister, as well as through the new 24/7 Urgent Care Centre at the QEII.