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A brand new Acute Assessment Unit will open at Whipps on Sunday
Patients at Whipps Cross Hospital will receive better and faster treatment in A&E as three units are merged into one this weekend, it is claimed.
A brand new 24-hour acute assessment unit will open at the Leytonstone hospital on Sunday as a major part of a £27m investment programme in emergency care at the hospital, replacing three different units currently used for A&E services.
A&E bosses say the changes, which include adding 40 new beds, will cut inefficiency and make the emergency department work better.
Clinical Director of A&E and acute medicine, Dr Malik Ramadhan, said: “After a patient’s initial assessment, without a unit like this you might find that a person with gastro problems is on the respiratory ward, so either the patient or the doctor moves, and that’s inefficient,” he said.
Medical teams are currently split between three wards, but the new unit will now house all of the hospital’s speciality services under the same roof.
Dr Ramadhan said the old system developed as a result of the hospital expanding bit-by-bit over time.
Unit Matron Geraldine Maher said this means tests will be carried out quicker, decisions made faster and, as a result, patients will be discharged or transferred to the correct ward in less time.
“In five years I want the locals to be saying they are so proud of emergency care here,” she added.
She said her and her team will collaborate with patients in order to deliver outstanding care.
Operating trust Barts Health, who is in a state of financial turnaround, say the investment underlines the trust’s commitment to Whipps.
The hospital has come under fire recently after care nurses were jailed for neglect and Care Quality Commission inspections in May and June revealed a “systematic catalogue of failings” of hygiene and care in the maternity and elderly wards.
Barts bosses have also confirmed that there will be staff cuts in order to reach a savings target of £78m.
The exact cost of the unit is not yet known.
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