£58m To Rebuild Portsmouth Hospital A&E
7 December 2018, 12:50 | Updated: 7 December 2018, 12:58
£58 million of government money is being invested to rebuild the outdated Emergency Department at Portsmouth's QA.
The hospital's expected to completely replace it and improve its Acute Medical Unit.
The Health Secretary's visiting the hospital to announce £1 billion of NHS funding across England.
Mark Cubbon, Chief Executive of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHT), said:
“I am delighted with today’s announcement. This is great news for all of our patients and our local community. The redevelopment of our urgent care facilities will enable us to transform the way we deliver urgent care services at Queen Alexandra Hospital.
“We are grateful for this investment, which will enable us to provide a higher quality environment to improve the experience of our patients and that of our staff across many of our departments. We should not underestimate the huge opportunity this presents.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported us, including our local MPs, who have recognised the value this investment will bring to our local community.”
Earlier this year, the QA put forward a proposal for the redevelopment of the ageing accident and emergency area. The project, which would aim to be open by February 2021, is intended to deliver improved urgent care for Portsmouth and South East Hampshire.
The successful bid will 'feature a single point of access for all adult emergencies at QA, and be a modern, fit for purpose facility for high quality care'. In doing so it's hoped it will improve patient safety, as well as ensuring the hospital delivers effective and efficient clinical practices while also reducing admissions rates and confusion.
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage said:
“I’m delighted that QA have been successful in this redevelopment bid. I was determined to help argue for it because staff and patients alike have struggled with inadequate emergency facilities at the hospital for far too long. This is vital to safeguard patients and ensure effective and efficient treatment.”