The investment was announced by the Department of Health and Social Care this week as part of a capital funding increase for hospitals across the country. This will go towards improving the experience of patients in emergency departments ahead of winter whilst managing the impact of COVID.
This £2million allocated for Pilgrim hospital will increase the size of the department. It will include a new waiting room providing more space to allow for social distancing and additional clinical space which will mean that the emergency department will be able accept patients from ambulance crews with improved speed and safety. All of the work will be completed ahead of this winter.
It comes in addition to the £21.3million already promised by Prime Minister Boris Johnson for a larger scale improvement for Pilgrim A&E when he visited last year. Last week the ULHT Trust Board agreed to progress with plans for the department and will now look to seek outline planning permission and will discuss the plans in greater detail with our national colleagues at NHS England and NHS Improvement before getting the necessary approvals so that funding can hopefully be released and work started. If all goes to plan works for the longer term transformation will begin in late spring next year and be completed by early 2024.
Chief Operating Officer, Simon Evans said: “We are continuously working to improve our busy emergency departments and these investments will allow us to make changes we’ve not previously been able to, in turn relieving pressure across our hospital site.
“This initial £2million development will help us to see and treat patients more quickly this winter and ensure that everyone is getting the right level of care that they require. Work will then begin on the larger project to develop the emergency department at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, so that it is not only fit for today, but also for the future.”