Revamp starting at King's Lynn hospital A&E
Building work is starting this week on a new and improved A&E reception aimed at providing improved patient access and facilities at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Contractors were due to arrive on site today to start laying groundwork for the scheme to begin erecting Heras fencing between the main hospital and A&E receptions to allow for the installation of a new footpath.
The main work, to redevelop the A&E reception, will begin in early February when the public and ambulance receptions, along with the communications desk, will move to temporary locations.
Visitors will be unaffected as the public reception will be housed in a temporary mobile building, which will be accessible via a new zebra crossing across the road from the main car park linking up with the footpath.
The temporary public reception will back on to the existing waiting area, which will be accessible through a new entrance. With signs erected directing the public to the temporary reception.
Treatment rooms will be unaffected by the work.
From Monday, cars will no longer be able to drop off outside the hospital and A&E receptions and will instead have to stop in designated spaces in the main hospital car park. A security guard will be on duty to control access to the road.
The moves are expected to take place over a two- or three-hour period on Monday, February 3, when staff and equipment will be transferred to their new temporary locations. The ambulance reception will move to Resus Bay 2, while the communications desk will move to a staff area further up the corridor.
Internal screening will be erected around the existing reception area while the building work is taking place.
The next phase, between 30 March-9 April, will involve work beginning on the new ambulance entrance. During this phase, crews will be able to access the ambulance reception through an A&E lobby entrance, while the public will continue to use the temporary reception.
The work is expected to last eight weeks and forms part of the trust’s £17.6 million capital programme for the year.
Chief Operating Officer Denise Smith said: “This work will significantly improve the facilities in the Emergency Department and provide staff and patients with better experiences and access.
“We’re sorry for any inconvenience the project may cause, but have worked hard to keep disruption to a minimum.
“We’re sure that everyone will appreciate the work that has taken place once the redeveloped department is up and running.”
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