This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 22/08/2017.
First part of Croydon University Hospital’s new £21.25m A&E opens
The first part of Croydon University Hospital’s new accident and emergency department, the area designed to provide care for “life or death” patients, has opened to the public.
The new enlarged resuscitation unit, which is where the most critically ill patients are taken on arrival to A&E, opened this week.
The area is the first section of the hospital’s new £21.25m A&E to open.
As part of the refurbishment, the resuscitation unit now has three extra beds, eight in total, with the rooms themselves doubling in size.
This will allow for more walls and automatic doors, offering increased privacy and dignity for patients, a spokesman for Croydon University Hospital said.
The expanded resuscitation unit is also closer to the X-Ray department and CT scanners, whilst all the technology has been upgraded and expanded.
Fleur Mosley, lead emergency care paramedic in the resuscitation unit, added: “Patients who arrive here in ‘Resus’ are often in desperate, life-threatening conditions. It is great to be able to provide the best possible care and facilities for them and their loved ones.
“The new improvements mean we can continue providing modern, high quality care and will be better able to cope with increasing demand from Croydon’s expanding population.”
The emergency department at Croydon University Hospital usually deals with an average of 350 patients a day but in July that demand peaked at 450 patients in a day, levels usually only seen at peak times in winter.
At the moment, the emergency department is being housed in temporary premises on the site of the London Road hospital.
The new emergency department was supposed to have opened earlier this year, but has been delayed after contractors encountered problems with rerouting water services and removing asbestos.
The full department is expected to open either later this year or possibly at the start of the new year.