In another piece of excellent news for the town the NHS Trust Development Authority has approved plans for a new £21.25 million state-of-the-art Emergency Department at Croydon University Hospital.
Making the announcement, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP credited Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell with working 'behind the scenes' to lobby for the CUH funding bid to be successful.
Gavin says "As a child the NHS saved my life when it treated me for cancer. Since I was elected as an MP, I have tried to pay back the debt I owe, supporting increases in the NHS budget, getting the formula the Government uses to distribute the NHS budget around the country changed so that Croydon gets a fairer deal and now securing funding for a new Emergency Department."
Two years ago, the Care Quality Commission found the existing Emergency Department to be badly designed, in a poor state of repair and too small to treat the current number of patients it regularly sees. The new Department is designed to address these issues. It will:
- be a third bigger than the current facility;
- be bright, modern and purpose-built, offering a better environment for patients and staff;
- give clinicians clear sight of their patients through an open-plan design to improve safety and care;
- have ‘sub-waiting’ areas so that patients will move through the department during treatment rather than having to return to the main communal waiting area; and
- have doors rather than curtains on all ‘majors’ cubicles (the beds where people are treated) to improve patient privacy and dignity.
It will consist of:
- 28 adult ‘majors’ emergency bays;
- a dedicated 8-bay children’s emergency department with its own reception and waiting area;
- a larger resuscitation unit; and
- an urgent care centre for more minor ailments and illnesses.
Work is scheduled to begin in autumn of 2015 and will last for approximately 18 months. A full Emergency Department will continue to operate during the works.
This is another piece of great news for our borough, following on from yesterday’s news re Croydon Westfield and the Chancellor’s support for the regeneration of our town in the Budget. Gavin has been working with the Trust to get their plans approved, talking to officials at the Department of Health and the Trust Development Authority, and is delighted that the combined efforts have paid off. He particularly wants to thank John Goulston, Chief Executive of Croydon Health Services Trust, Dr Kathryn Channing, lead clinician for Emergency Medicine at Croydon University Hospital and their team for producing such a great bid and the Government for giving us the investment our hospital needs and deserves.
Gavin adds "The NHS isn’t perfect, but the principle - that if you get sick or hurt you don’t have to worry whether you can afford treatment - is one of the best things about this country and I will continue to do everything I can to defend and improve it."