New Hull Royal Infirmary emergency department opens today

Published: Wednesday 22nd April 2015 by KCFM

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After four years, the new £12m accident and emergency is open for business.

The new 12 million pound emergency department at Hull Royal Infirmary opens today.

It’s been four years in the planning and now boasts almost double the space it previously had, which will allow more people to be seen and treated quicker than before.

Mark Simpson, ED Consultant, says it’s bigger and better than ever:

“It’s a state of the art 21st century emergency department that we’re incredibly proud of. 42 rooms in the whole of the new majors, including 10 for resuscitation, the new initial assessment area, and 24 rooms in the new day lit area.”

He says giving people dignity and privacy was high on their list of priorities:

“Each one of the rooms is an individual cubicle for each patient and relative. It’s glass-fronted, yet we have some manifestations to allow that level of privacy, but still giving clinical supervision and safety, and that really runs throughout the heart of the whole new design.”

Mr Simpson says they’ve listened to feedback to create an emergency department that’s fit for purpose:

“We’ve got a fair balance between that level of noise reduction and privacy, but also the level of investment in information technology, along with  staff, along with the size and space of the department, really to give us what the patients of Hull and the East Riding have wanted for many years.”

Mark says the old emergency department desperately needed improving to cope with demand:

“The old department was built for a level of 80 to 85,000 patients a year. We’re now running at a level of over 125,000 patients a year, making us one of the busiest departments in the country. The old department was under significant stress.”

However he’s reminding people to only visit if it IS an actual emergency:

“We want people to make sure they prize their emergency department and only come with those illnesses and injuries that require this level of service.

“We are at the mercy of the public and their choice. There are many community areas such as walk-in centres and minor injury units who give an excellent service.”

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Published: Wednesday 22nd April 2015 by KCFM

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