A&E entrance moves to Woodcroft Road as construction starts on new Emergency Department at Croydon University Hospital
I recently visited Croydon University Hospital to meet clinical staff and senior management to see how work is progressing on the new A&E Department following the £21.25 million Government investment I helped to secure.
I was struck not just by the physical work underway, but by the work being done to redesign emergency care pathways. The new Edgecoombe Unit, which will bring together ambulatory care services, was very impressive. For example, patients arriving at the department will now be met by a qualified clinician instead of an administrator to ensure they are directed to the correct part of the department.
The new Department has been designed by CUH’s own emergency care doctors and nurses and developed in discussion with patients and the London Ambulance Service. It will have:
• 28 adult ‘majors’ beds (where very ill or injured patients will be treated) – up from 21 on the current A&E department to ensure it can cope with Croydon’s growing population;
• Doors on cubicles rather than curtains to improve dignity and privacy;
• A dedicated 8-bed paediatric Emergency Department, with its own reception, outdoor play area and waiting room;
• A bigger resuscitation unit with 6 adult and 2 paediatric bays, where previously there were 4 and 1 respectively; and
• A brand new Urgent Care Centre to treat minor ailments and illnesses.
While the redevelopment takes place, the Emergency Department and Urgent Care Centre will move temporarily from its current location on Mayday Road to the other side of the hospital, near Woodcroft Road. This temporary move comes into force on Sunday 8 November at 6am.
This investment in CUH’s Emergency Department will ensure Croydon residents have state-of-the-art emergency and urgent care facilities. It was great to see how proud staff are of the improvements that are being made. I look forward to keeping residents updated on these exciting developments.