North Middlesex University Hospital is set to receive a £4.4million investment to upgrade facilities in preparation for winter and any further outbreaks of coronavirus.
The hospital’s A&E department is among the busiest in London, and regularly sees more than 600 people each day. The funding will enable infrastructure development in A&E improving patient flow in the hospital. This includes providing a larger waiting area with 50% more capacity, doubling the number of treatment cubicles, and trebling the provision of same day emergency care.
There will be a new facility dedicated to treating patients who are frail and a redesigned paediatric A&E department. The investment will allow other areas throughout the hospital to be repurposed so that even more patients get the right care when they need it.
Maria Kane, chief executive of North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, said: “It’s incredibly important that people in Enfield, Haringey and beyond are able to get the emergency care they need, so I’m thrilled that we will be receiving this funding.
“With coronavirus still at the forefront of many people’s minds, it’s understandable that some might be nervous about coming to the hospital. This investment will help us to provide additional treatment space, reduce overcrowding, and further improve on the robust infection control measures already in place.
“Not only will it make it easier for staff to provide safe care but it helps us better support our community during what will inevitably be a busy winter period.”
The funding comes as part of the government’s £300million investment to help the NHS prepare for winter. The development work begins this month, and will be completed at the start of 2021.
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