Hos­pi­tal set for a £20m re­vamp

New emer­gency unit at Wex­ham Park

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PLANNING MATTERS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HOS­PI­TAL bosses have an­nounced a new £20m emer­gency depart­ment will be built at Wex­ham Park in 2016.

The depart­ment will be sim­i­lar to the one at Frim­ley Park Hos­pi­tal, with each pa­tient hav­ing a fully-equipped pri­vate room.

There also be a big­ger re­sus­ci­ta­tion depart­ment and set spa­ces with softer light­ing tai­lored for de­men­tia pa­tients and those with men­tal health prob­lems.

A new or­gan­i­sa­tion, Frim­ley Health NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, has been run­ning both hos­pi­tals since Oc­to­ber 1.

The news fol­lows on from the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion’s 2014 A&E Pa­tient survey, which applauded Frim­ley’s re­cently re­built emer­gency depart­ment.

The re­sults show pa­tients rated the Frim­ley depart­ment’s en­vi­ron­ment and fa­cil­i­ties among the best in the NHS.

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The £22m depart­ment at Frim­ley Park was opened a few months after the pre­vi­ous na­tional A&E survey was con­ducted in early 2012.

It was part of a £22m build­ing that in­cluded 24 sep­a­rate rooms for se­ri­ously ill pa­tients, one of the big­gest re­sus­ci­ta­tion ar­eas in the re­gion, and a he­li­copter land­ing pad on the roof for air am­bu­lances. The build­ing also in­cor­po­rates a day surgery unit with two the­atres.

Health cam­paigner Deb­o­rah San­ders, of See­leysClose,Bea­cons­field, said: “This in­vest­ment at Wex­ham Park Hos­pi­tal is very wel­come as most peo­ple in South Bucks use this as their lo­cal emer­gency cen­tre.

“A good work­ing en­vi­ron­ment is good for both pa­tients and staff and this fa­cil­ity should at­tract more qual­i­fied staff."

Wy­combe Hos­pi­tal cam­paigner Ozma Hafiz added: “It is great news that Wex­ham Park will re­tain its A&E as peo­ple de­serve to have th­ese ser­vices lo­cally, with a se­cure fu­ture.

“When trusts merge, there is al­ways a con­cern that ser­vices will be fur­ther cen­tralised and down­grades such as those at Wy­combe will oc­cur.”

Frim­ley Health’s chief of ser­vice for the emer­gency direc­torate Prem Premachandran said: “This is re­ally en­cour­ag­ing for our plans to re­build the depart­ment at Wex­ham Park to a sim­i­lar scale, de­sign and qual­ity. “

The A&E ser­vice at Frim­ley Park was rated over­all among the top in the coun­try.

The rat­ings at Wex­ham were also en­cour­ag­ing with nearly all scores in the mid­dle range.

Mr Premachandran added: “The team at Wex­ham have been to­tally com­mit­ted to turn­ing things around and we are al­ready see­ing some big im­prove­ments.

“The depart­ment was revamped last year, but the longer terms plans to re­build it are re­ally ex­cit­ing.”

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