A £2m refurbishment of Bradford Royal Infirmary’s Emergency Department (ED) is currently underway as part of an ambitious vision to create a more efficient acute medicine service for the people of Bradford.
Work started on the project in November and will be completed in four phases with a current finish date of this autumn.
ED clinical lead, Dave Greenhorn, said: “The new ED is designed with both patient safety and high quality at its core.
“Over the last decade, the increase in patients attending A&E has been unprecedented and the department is no longer big enough to cope with the volume we see coming through our doors. Patients are living longer and have more complex medical needs today compared to two decades ago.
“The new ED has been designed to provide a slicker and more efficient service, with faster senior clinician involvement at an early stage in the patient pathway. This will ensure that we remain at the forefront of emergency medicine practice nationally.”
When the department was redesigned in 2000, it was predicted that around 70,000 patients a year (which were the projected figures at the time) would use the service. But now between 135-140,000 people attend annually.
The first phase to create a new administration extension block is ongoing in the area between ED and the old radiology department building, facing on to Duckworth Lane.
The next phase sees contractors move inside the hospital to create a new reception, waiting areas and a rapid assessment area. This work is due to begin in April.
A new self-contained PaediatricED will also be constructed internally before the creation of a separate waiting area where patients will go to wait for their results.
Directorate Manager for Urgent Care, Ann Bannister, said: “This is an exciting time for urgent and emergency care which will see an enhanced pathway for patients who attend our accident and emergency department.”
The Foundation Trust opened a new acute medicine wing on ward 1 last year and new link wards between it and ward 4 were completed in December. This brings together all three areas to form a new acute medical assessment area.
This was in addition to a new ambulatory care unit which opened last May and involved a full redevelopment of former office accommodation at a cost of £750,000.
A ward 4 refurbishment project, which is due to get underway in April, is scheduled to be completed by August and will see a further £700,000 invested in acute medicine.