Major revamp of GWH's emergency department begins

Written by Tony Millett on .

Building work begins this week (on August 14) to transform the Emergency Department (formerly known as ‘A&E’) at the Great Western Hospital.

The first, ten week phase of the project includes the creation of a dedicated children’s emergency unit. (For the background see our earlier report.)

The department will remain open as normal throughout the building work.  It is open 24 hours every day to treat the most critical and life-threatening injuries and illnesses.

The project will pause for the busy winter period and begin again next May for the concluding phase of the work.

In addition to re-vamping the department, the GWH Trust has invested in three extra emergency medicine consultants and is also recruiting extra nurses.

This investment is in preparation for another busy winter – and will help keep waiting within the target times. The team usually treat around 210 patients each day, but this can rise to as many as 280.