Work on a brand new walk in centre in Coventry is underway and doors are set to open within the next 12 months.
CoventryLive reported how University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire won a £15m government grant in September for the new facility, following a campaign by Coventry North East MP Colleen Fletcher and Chief Executive of UHCW Andy Hardy.
Professor Hardy has this week confirmed that work has begun on the new facility, which will be situated where the hospital’s dermatology department previously was.
He said the new facility will help ease pressure on A&E and mean that people who aren’t suffering from life-threatening conditions can be seen away from the emergency department.
The funding also means extra services for the existing A&E including additional treatment cubicles, expanding the waiting room in the Children’s Emergency Department, increasing the level of same day emergency care and supporting diagnostic capacity through an additional CT scanner.
Ms Fletcher welcomed the news.
She said: “I was so pleased to play a role in ensuring that Coventry was awarded the funding for to expand their A&E unit.
“To hear that the expanded facilities will be up and running in the 12 months is a real testament to the work that has been done on this project at UHCW and I offer my sincere congratulations to them all.
“Most importantly, though, this means, that very soon, Coventry residents will be able to benefit from a more streamlined A&E service, which will lead to better care with fewer delays.”
The existing urgent treatment centres – at the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby and in Stoney Stanton Road in Coventry – will continue to offer services.
The new unit will help ease pressure on A&E at University Hospital Coventry, which is one of the busiest of its kind in the country.
Attendances have risen by a third since 2010 and, speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions in January, Ms Fletcher cited figures showing that almost one in four people had to wait more than four hours to be seen.
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