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£15 million Emergency Department expansion at University Hospital completed

A £15 million expansion to increase emergency care capacity at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust has been completed.

Building work on the Emergency Department at University Hospital, Coventry, was done in six phases in just under two years.

The final stage saw a revamp of the Children’s Emergency Department which resulted in the opening of two triage rooms, 14 cubicles including a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) assessment room, two resus bays, seven observation beds and an extension of the patient waiting area.

The refurbishment also gives staff more dedicated space and access to new equipment to deliver high quality care.

Chief Executive Officer, Professor Andy Hardy, said: "It’s a very proud day for UHCW to have these amazing facilities.

“Every deadline in the project has been completed on budget and ahead of schedule and that is a great testament to the people involved.”

The redevelopment has included the creation of a Minor Injuries Unit and Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) Unit, plus refurbishment of the Majors Emergency Department including resuscitation area and patient waiting area.

The project was carefully managed throughout to ensure patient care was not impacted.

Dr Ed Hartley, Clinical Director and Consultant of Emergency Medicine, said: “Our team have been fantastic.

“To continue delivering emergency care to hundreds of thousands of people whilst the work has been going on is nothing short of remarkable.”

To mark the end of work in CED, two long-term paediatric patients were invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Alex Copson and Masooma Shah were joined by distinguished guests including Coventry North East MP Colleen Fletcher and Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Jaswant Singh Birdi.

Colleen Fletcher MP added: “I am really proud that we have such a great facility in our city.

“Having initially raised this issue in Parliament, I am glad to see the expansion completed. Talking to patients, I know it has already had a positive impact and will enable UHCW to help even more people.

“The dedication of the managers, staff and volunteers make a real difference to the experience of patients.”

The Emergency Department (including Children’s A&E) welcomes around 240,000 patients per year and serves a catchment area of more than one million people.

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