Redeveloping, expanding, improving: emergency department building works 

24/11/2016 00:00 
This week building work to expand our emergency department at University College Hospital started. The work is part of a £21.7 million programme to redevelop and improve the department.
 

Dr Charles House, interim medical director, medicine board says: “Our emergency department was built to see 65,000 people each year and we now see around double that. Expanding the department will mean will mean that patients receive the best care in a bigger and redeveloped space.”

The construction project connects the main building (University College Hospital) to the maternity wing (Elizabeth Garrett Anderson wing). The work is due to finish at the end of 2017 with the first patients using the new facility in 2018. We are also reconfiguring some internal areas of the emergency department to enable us to make the best use of the new expanded area.

The construction project will have no impact on the delivery of care at University College Hospital, except for a change in how people move between the emergency department (in the main building on Euston Road) to the urgent treatment centre (on the ground floor of the maternity wing on Grafton Way). The new route will be clearly signposted and staff will be on hand to help.

This current phase follows building works to change the layout of Beaumont Place and our ambulance bays, as well as improvements to existing emergency department, the development of a new emergency day unit and an expanded clinical decision unit.

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