Musgrove’s Emergency Department expansion completed - 18 December 2013

Musgrove’s Emergency Department expansion completed - 18 December 2013

From Thursday, 19th December 2013, Musgrove Park Hospital’s emergency department will be caring for patients in new state-of-the art treatment bays following a £2.9 million expansion project.

The work, which began in April 2013, means the unit now has four additional major treatment bays to enable the team to help those most critically ill or injured, as well as three ambulance handover bays and an additional resuscitation bay to help care for the growing number of trauma patients.

This work has given the hospital the additional capacity needed to accommodate increased demand for emergency services and therefore ensure it can continue to provide high quality emergency care to the people of Somerset.

Speaking about the work, emergency department consultant Dr Jon Tipping said: “The new facilities mean that we are now better equipped to treat the increasing numbers of seriously ill or injured people we are seeing.

“The numbers of people visiting our emergency department has been rapidly increasing over the years, and so the additional treatment bays will really help us to cope with demand.”

The expansion work has cost £2.9 million. This has been funded in part through the hospital’s Capital Programme (using surpluses generated through savings) and in part through money provided by the former NHS Somerset Primary Care Trust. The League of Friends has also donated £422,000 which has been used to purchase all the medical equipment located in the new bays.

Dr Tipping went on to say: “We are very grateful to the League of Friends for their kind donation. It means that we now have access to the best equipment possible to treat our patients.”

As we head towards the Christmas and New Year holiday period it is important that people think sensibly about which health services they need and only attend the emergency department if they have a genuine emergency or injury.”

Musgrove’s Medical Director, Colin Close, said: “Accessing NHS services can be difficult over the Christmas and New Year, but with some planning people should be able to help themselves in most situations.

“You can help yourself by checking now that you have enough of your prescribed medicines to last you through to the New Year; making sure you have enough basic medicines at home such as pain killers and cold remedies; and making sure you are aware of the opening times and contact numbers of your local GP surgery and local minor injuries unit; and also remember the NHS 111 telephone service will be able to give you help and advice on the best course of treatment, as well as arrange appointments with the Out of Hours doctors service should you need it.”

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