New A&E department at Northwick Park Hospital nears completion

The new ambulance bays at Northwick Park Hospital's A&E

A treatment room at the new department which will open in the coming months

New A&E department nears completion

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A new £21million accident and emergency department will be able to treat patients more efficiently say hospital bosses.

The new facilities at Northwick Park Hospital, in Watford Road, are due to be completed by November this year.

The Harrow Times was given a tour of the building, which directors of North West London Hospitals NHS Trust will make emergency care more efficient.

Last year the trust was given the £21m grant from the Department of Health to build a new emergency department and urgent care centre at the hospital.

Emergency department matron Nicola Wheatley said: "We are very proud of this and are very excited about moving in and starting work."

Nurses and doctors have been involved with the design process of the project helping to layout assessment rooms and wards.

Ms Wheatley said: "I think being part of the project from an early stage means we are able to make the whole department work more efficiently to help patients' treatment."

The new department will include 40 individual bays, to allow patients greater privacy, with each room given a standardised design to make it easier for nurses and doctors to work in.

It will also be closer to other emergency services, such as acute assessment, intensive treatment units, operating theatres and wards.

Project manager Malcom Ormond said: "An important part of this new A&E is about making it easy to move patients to the area they can get the care they need."

The Harrow Times was also shown the new emergency entrance for ambulances which has bays for seven vehicles, designed to reduce congestion handover waiting times.

The new building will also have space for the hospital's short-term assessment, rehabilitation and reablement service (STARRS) which aims to ease pressure on A&E and was recently rated as outstanding in an inspection report.

Northwick Park's A&E will also have an increased number of nurses working once it is opened with 30 working per shift compared to the current 23.

A&E services at North West London Hospital Trust will be changing from September 10 with the closure of the department at Central Middlesex Hospital.

As a result, patients needing emergency and trauma services will be sent to Northwick Park Hospital.

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12:59pm Sat 30 Aug 14

ipsofacto says...

The upgrade in the quality and quantity of physical and human resources is most welcome. Three questions:

1) There will be more nurses on duty at any one time. Will there be an increase in the number of doctors on duty as well?

2) By how much do hospital managers believe waiting time, for both triage and treatment, will be reduced from the typical 3 hour + wait?

3) Can the hospital managers tell their security sub-contractors that they need more staff. The last time I went to A&E with my son, we had to put up with foul language and drunkeness from various individuals who, quite frankly, should have been kicked out.
The upgrade in the quality and quantity of physical and human resources is most welcome. Three questions: 1) There will be more nurses on duty at any one time. Will there be an increase in the number of doctors on duty as well? 2) By how much do hospital managers believe waiting time, for both triage and treatment, will be reduced from the typical 3 hour + wait? 3) Can the hospital managers tell their security sub-contractors that they need more staff. The last time I went to A&E with my son, we had to put up with foul language and drunkeness from various individuals who, quite frankly, should have been kicked out. ipsofacto
  • Score: 6

11:37pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Excellent news that this project will be completed by November and the community benefit from the updated facilities.The proof of the pudding is in the eating---fingers crossed things will go according to plan.
Excellent news that this project will be completed by November and the community benefit from the updated facilities.The proof of the pudding is in the eating---fingers crossed things will go according to plan. Sonoo Malkani
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