Today sees the opening of a new Emergency Department at the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast – the first service to be housed in the new state-of-the-art Critical Care Building. The building will eventually accommodate Regional Intensive Care, theatres and link with the new Maternity Hospital.
The Belfast Local Commissioning Group, on behalf of the HSCB, has invested in additional clinical staff within the Emergency Department to help meet the needs of the increasing numbers of people requiring urgent and emergency care. The new Emergency Department features a larger area for patients arriving by ambulance, an additional resuscitation bay, larger waiting area, larger cubicles for patients and clinical equipment and a dedicated area for meeting the needs of patients with minor injuries. This enhanced facility will aid Emergency Department staff in delivering appropriate and specific patient care and treatment and will improve overall patient experience.
An important innovation supporting the Emergency Department is the development of a Clinical Assessment Unit where patients can have further assessment, and treatment and a plan for follow up care established as necessary. This will significantly improve the patient experience and avoid an overnight stay in hospital, returning patients to their home environment as soon as possible.
Plans are in place to establish a range of other services, including a new Acute Care at Home service beginning next month which will provide support at home for frail older people who would otherwise require an admission to hospital. Further investment will be put in place as soon as possible to support timely discharge from hospital of older people with complex needs, involving extra community rehabilitation staff and facilities.
Chair of Belfast Local Commissioning Group, Danny Power, welcomed the new facilities and services, “The commissioning of the new Emergency Department, Clinical Assessment Unit and Acute Care at Home, taken together are an example of a transformative approach to healthcare which is focused on the individual needs of patients and is the result of collaborative working between the LCG, Belfast Trust and the Belfast Integrated Care Partnerships including local GPs, community and voluntary groups and service users.”
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