Hospital set for a £20m revamp
New emergency unit at Wexham Park
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.
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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