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King George Hospital to receive £15m to upgrade emergency department

The money will provide a new x-ray facility

King George Hospital is set to receive £15 million from the Government to improve its emergency department over the next two years. 

The first £3 million will be used to provide a Rapid Access and First Treatment area, which is where most patients who arrive by ambulance will receive their first clinical assessment.

It will also be used to introduce Point of Care testing. This allows blood tests to be performed outside of the lab, meaning patients’ results are available immediately and treatment delays are reduced. 

A new x-ray facility will also be developed with the funding and there are plans to reconfigure the space in the emergency department to ensure social distancing can be maintained. 

The other £12 million is expected to provide a Paediatric Assessment Unit which will create a dedicated space for children to be assessed more quickly upon their arrival at the hospital. 

There are also plans to implement ‘same day emergency care’ which is aimed at treating more complex patients as soon as possible to reduce the need for them to be admitted to hospital. This keeps beds free for patients who really need them. 

“As we approach the winter, it’s vital we ensure our patients are treated safely in our ED and that social distancing can be maintained,” said Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital Trusts Chief Executive, Tony Chambers.

“More rapid testing will ensure faster diagnosis and treatment for our patients, reducing the time they need to spend in our department.

“I’m delighted the first £3m of this funding will be spent on getting this in place for the coming winter, and look forward to further changes which will transform our department for our patients over the next year.”

All of the upgrades are due to be completed by December 2021.

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