Work on new A&E department in Grimsby to commence at the end of March
The new A&E department at Grimsby’s Diana Princess of Wales Hospital was discussed in a meeting last night by North East Lincolnshire Council and NHS representatives.
Work on the new two-storey department will commence at the end of March.
According to planning documents, the new building will be infection-control compliant, with lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic crucial to the final design.
The new department will also include a new entrance lobby to the main hospital, a retail space open 24/7 and two floors of 234 car parking spaces, along with special CT scanning equipment and emergency clinical accommodation.
There will also be a special room designed for those with mental health conditions who are in distress.
The current A&E department at the front of the hospital will be refurbished to accommodate new Acute Assessment Units.
Mike Simpson of PCC NHS said: “The current Emergency Department is totally undersized and we need to ensure that we have a modern facility that’s fit for purpose in accordance with what our patients require and quite rightly deserve.
“This is probably the biggest Capital programme that the North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust is going to deliver over the next two years. Over £130 million of investment is going into our sites across Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Goole District Hospital.
“It’s some fantastic news for the area and the team are really looking forward to delivering this, because the patient benefits will be significant. The Emergency Department itself will be twice as big as the one we’ve got now, we will have scanning facilities inside the Emergency Department which is something we’ve not had previously, and in terms of the recruitment and retention of staff, our staff are really excited about this development.
New ambulance routes and bus routes are also set to be installed, along with new bus shelters at the hospital.
Mr Simpson continued: “The permanent location of the new bus stops is on the same side of where the A&E is going to be, so it’s a lot better than where it used to be. You used to have to cross the blue light route from the bus stop to A&E but you’ll no longer need to do that.
“Once you get off the bus, you’ll be on the footpath that takes you to the main A&E entrance.”
The state-of-the-art building is set to be complete by early 2022.