Some hospital services have already relocated so that part of the existing hospital can be demolished to make way for the new department.
From next week, the existing H-block building next to the Emergency Department will be demolished to make way for a substantial two-storey extension.
For this to take place, the Urgent Treatment Centre has relocated to the ground floor of the Outpatients Department that used to be the home of the Royle Eye Department. The Royle Eye Department, orthoptists, maxillofacial and oral surgery Teams have all moved to the second and third floors of the former Maternity Block that is to the left hand side of the main hospital entrance.
The hospital’s bus stop and non-emergency ambulance bays have also relocated.
Once completed, the finished transformation will see the new department more than treble in size and include state of the art innovations and infection prevention control measures, have more cubicles to treat patients and a bigger resuscitation zone for the sickest patients.
It will also include a separate area dedicated to providing emergency care for the hospital’s youngest patients and their families and have more training rooms for staff.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust Chief Executive, Andrew Morgan, said: “Patients and visitors will soon start to see real progress in our work to create our new state-of-the-art Emergency Department at Pilgrim hospital as we move into the demolition and construction stages.
“I would like to thank all of our teams for their support in relocating into the new areas that have been created for them. None of this would have been possible without their support and that of all of our partner organisations. By working together, we are going to give our patients and staff the first-class Emergency Department that they need and deserve for the future.”