The Emergency Department at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital is being expanded.
The £1.2m project, which starts in the autumn will see a new ambulance handover area built which means vehicles will be able to get back on the road faster, and patients will be seen and assessed more quickly.
Other parts of the project include two new rooms specifically for patients with mental health needs, a dedicated space for patients with early pregnancy issues, and an improved space where people can be assessed, seen and treated.
Caroline Shaw CBE, Chief Executive of QEH, said: “This is excellent news for patients, visitors and colleagues who work in our Emergency Department. The Department has outgrown its original footprint and is no longer fit for purpose to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of patients we have attending on a daily basis.
“As a result of this investment, we will have fifteen instead of six cubicle spaces to allow paramedics and ambulance staff to more readily transfer the care of patients, allowing quicker handovers and enabling patients to be seen and clinically assessed more quickly, improving patient safety and experience.”