PLANS have been revealed for a new scheme that will see Southend Hospital’s emergency department improved and transomed.
An £8 million scheme will help increase the size of the department, and will see extra capacity to support more rapid assessment, treatment cubicles and extra resuscitation space.
This will support faster ambulance handovers.
The works will be conducted through a phased development to help minimise disruption in the existing emergency department, with work expected to begin this year with the final completed works expected during the course of 2024 / 2025.
Additionally, in the more immediate term, to help us manage demand this coming winter, we will develop the older Dowsett Ward subject to approvals.
This will be converted into a clinical assessment unit of 16 spaces, that will enable emergency
patients to be monitored and treated. This first transformation will be completed in time for winter 2023.
Southend had the smallest capacity of all the emergency departments across the Trust, making its expansion especially important.
The Department of Health and Social Care agreed to fund the scheme following support from local MPs and in recognition of the capacity constraints on the Southend Hospital site, which has made caring for an increasing and ageing population more difficult in recent years.
The expansion plans have been supported by a range of local stakeholders, including the Mid and South Essex Integrated Care Board, local councillors, and MPs.
Anna Firth, MP for Southend West, said: “A lot of work has already gone in behind the scenes to make improvements, with more capacity now able to be made permanent and in time for next winter thanks to the extra funding available.
“This is much needed for Southend’s residents and will prevent some of the pressures seen on the hospital last winter. I will be watching the progress of this project closely.”
The MP for Rayleigh and Wickford, Mark Francois, has welcomed the plans.
He said: “This very important scheme will allow more A&E patients to be treated more quickly at Southend Hospital.
“As everyone knows, the A&E department has been under a lot of pressure for some time, so this expansion project will, I am sure, be welcomed by patients and staff alike and I wish it well.”
Sir James Duddridge KCMG, MP for Rochford and Southend East said: “Modernisation of Southend Hospital has been long overdue, and I am pleased that the work to improve the Emergency Department is underway, with elements ready in time for next winter.
“The £8 Million scheme presents a brilliant opportunity to ensure that the Emergency Department is fit for purpose and has the capacity to address the growing demand at the hospital.”
Andrew Pike, Chief Operating Officer at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust added: “This funding means we’ve been able to start the important work to design and improve facilities for local residents. It’s an important, much-needed modernisation project that is vital to help us develop a bigger and better department that is fit for the needs of our growing population. These phased works will see much needed improvements in our emergency department.
“These major improvements will provide more space for emergency care, improve ambulance handover times during busy periods, and help meet the growing demand at the front door of Southend Hospital.”
Picture: CGI image of what the planned Southend ED revamp will look like.
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