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£9million spent on improvements at King George Hospital

An additional £12million will be invested at King George Hospital over the next 12 months (Credit: BHRUT)

Around £9million has been invested into upgrades at King George Hospital over the last year.

BHRUT, who run both King George and Queen’s Hospital, say focus has been on the Emergency Department and increasing diagnostic capacity.

Improvements include £2million being spent on enlarging the Emergency Department and £5million on upgrading MRI and CT equipment.

Over £2million has gone towards replacing and upgrading facilities for patients and staff including new boilers, new pedestrian crossings and a new mortuary.

Other improvements to the Emergency Department include the opening of a six bed resuscitation development, a Rapid Access and First Treatment (RAFTing) area and ‘majors’ cubicles, as well as the reconfiguration of our ambulance entrance which now provides direct access to the resuscitation bays and RAFTing area.

This year, further investment will be spent on improvements to the patient observation area and children’s Emergency Department.

An additional £12million will be invested at King George Hospital over the next 12 months as part of a continual effort.

This includes the continuing work on the Emergency Department, a £4m redevelopment of the Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU), which will see it increase from an eight to 15 beds, improved diagnostic and IT services, and an upgrade to the site’s infrastructure.

Chief Executive, Tony Chambers said: “This continued investment at King George Hospital is fantastic news.

“Improving our facilities is crucial because patient experience is not about treatment alone; the environment we care for them in matters too.

“Patients and carers are at the heart of everything we do. Transforming our ED and diagnostic capacity will help us provide the best experience of care possible, while also reducing waiting times.”

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