Planners at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have revealed their latest designs for Hull Royal Infirmary’s new look Emergency Department.
Following the completion of works to upgrade and improve the emergency care (Minors) area and the Children’s Emergency Department last year, attention has since turned to the Majors area, where more than 44,000 seriously ill people from across the region were assessed and treated in 2013. Once complete, the collective cost of the improvement works is expected to be in the region of £7 million.
The latest designs show how the Trust is attempting to meet both rising patient expectations and anticipated demands on services, both now and in the years to come.
The Majors area is set to include 24 private, glazed cubicles which are sympathetic to the needs of elderly patients, and which allow patients to be separated if required e.g. for infection control purposes or to support their mental health needs.
Hospital doctors plan to make the most of the refurbishment works by ensuring the most up-to-date medical technologies, including mobile digital x-ray machines and a new CT scanner, feature in the new designs. Interior design features aimed at creating a calmer atmosphere, such as muted colour schemes which have been used in previous phases of the ED development, will also be incorporated.
The new ED will also feature a 10 bay resuscitation area, making it one of the largest in the country, plus integrated teaching/training rooms to ensure healthcare staff are able to keep their skills up to date, and a number of private rooms for use by relatives or bereaved families.
Finally, a new helipad will be constructed immediately adjacent to the department, to enable critically ill or injured patients arriving by air ambulance to be quickly ushered through for treatment.
Duncan Taylor, Director of Estates Development for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust says:
“As our designs for the new Majors area of the Emergency Department have progressed, we’ve continued to work very closely with our doctors and nurses to ensure the plans remain fit for purpose and will meet the needs of our very busy Emergency Department.
“In designing the features of the new department, we’ve tried to be sympathetic to the needs of patients and relatives. The new designs offer patients and visitors far more privacy with glass partitioned rooms rather than curtained bays, and we have also incorporated a number of rooms for families if they need some quiet space or a place to come to terms with a bereavement.
“Whilst no one would ever want to find themselves or a relative in in ED, we want those who do to go away having had a positive experience of our care, and the layout of the department, such as how visible staff are, availability of facilities, and how easy it is for staff to keep an eye on their patients, all play a part in this.”
Dr Mark Simpson, ED Consultant and Chief Clinical Information Officer for the Trust says:
“Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is now a major trauma centre for the Yorkshire and Humber region. The ED we have at the moment was originally designed to cope with around 70,000 patients a year, but we’re regularly seeing over 120,000 now.
“More than £7 million is being spent on the redevelopment of our urgent care services, and so we have to ensure that the new facilities which are built are able to cope with both a higher volume of patients and the changing demands placed on our health professionals. This is our opportunity to create the bright, modern Emergency Department we’ve been wanting for years, and the getting the design right is crucial to enabling patients to receive fast, safe and effective care.”