Search

Royal Free Hospital to begin £25million A&E refurbishment in September

08:00 30 May 2014

Dr Steve Shaw

Dr Steve Shaw

David Bishop

A £25million project to overhaul and double the capacity of the Royal Free Hospital’s Accident and Emergency department has been given the go-ahead in a bid to cope with rising patient demand.

Existing A&E facilities at the hospital, in Pond Street, Hampstead, are set to be refurbished and expanded, with a new emergency department for children also being built.

Hospital chiefs say it’s all part of plans to ensure the hospital’s services are “future proof” and to respond to regular complaints from staff and patients about the A&E department’s “poor environment”.

The announcement comes amidst continued warnings across the NHS over the pressure being placed on emergency care.

A&E facilities at the Royal Free are almost 20 years old and designed to accommodate 60,000 admissions a year. Last year, its A&E staff had to cope with more than 90,000 admissions.

Dr Steve Shaw, divisional director of urgent care, said the new department will cater for in excess of 120,000 admissions and would bring the hospital’s emergency care “into the 21st century”.

“Our A&E department reaches all the national standards, but this redevelopment is about future proofing the services we provide,” he said.

“Across London and nationally we’re seeing an increase in the number of people using A&Es so this will ensure we’re prepared.

“As well as increased capacity, the project will also provide a state-of-the-art facility fit for our patients.”

Despite working with facilities designed to cope with a third fewer admissions, staff at the Royal Free have consistently met government targets, including those demanding that at least 95 per cent of those admitted are seen in under four hours.

A recent survey showed 88 per cent of patients would be likely, or extremely likely, to recommend the Royal Free’s A&E to a friend or a member of their family.

The hospital admitted, however, that it was concerned about negative comments it regularly received about the emergency department’s “poor environment”.

David Sloman, chief executive of the Royal Free, described the project as “hugely exciting” and said that it would ensure the best possible care for the local population.

He added: “The new A&E will also attract high calibre staff and will ensure that we continue to surpass government targets for treating emergency patients.

“Some of the negative comments we receive are about the poor environment of our emergency department. This is our chance to put that right.”

The new department – to be constructed in phases so as to ensure existing services are unaffected – will also include a new 23-hour assessment unit, a larger resuscitation area, a redevelopment of the urgent care centre and a diagnostic hub.

Construction will start in September and is expected to be finished in early 2017.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Lara Casalotti

A year ago, Belsize Park student Lara Casalotti was in desperate need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant.

09:57
The crash in England's Lane                Picture: Francoise Lamouche

A car crashed and flipped over in Belsize Park last night.

Yesterday, 17:49
Nazanin with her husband Richard and daughter Gabriella

West Hampstead mum Nazanin has finally seen a specialist for her back and neck, who said that without urgent treatment she could run the risk of permanent impairment

Yesterday, 13:14
Gakleen Shahata

Police are increasingly concerned for the wellbeing of a deaf woman with learning difficulties after she went missing from a church in Golders Green.

Yesterday, 12:50
The new community centre designed by architects RCKa

The director of a community centre in Highgate Newtown is celebrating his services being saved - thanks to private

Yesterday, 11:37
The Magic Paintbrush will be performed at Jacksons Lane

A Highgate multi-arts venue has announced its spring season and it is bursting at the seams with shows for all the family.

Friday, February 17, 2017
Professor Emma Morris in her laboratory at the Royal Free. Photo: Anna Behrmann

Anna Behrmann speaks to Professor Emma Morris, part of a team of researchers who are genetically modifying patients’ immune cells to find tumours and kill them

Friday, February 17, 2017
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Haringey's cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Photo: Nigel Sutton

An overseas developer has been confirmed for Haringey’s plans to privatise large swathes of council estates and land - as legal action is launched and hundreds waved colourful signs in protest

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Are you in need of a new kitchen? Try our competition and you could win a brand new one!

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now