Emergency Village and Critical Care improvement plan secures investment for Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre residents
Local residents looking for emergency or critical care may soon find it in a new £25million facility being built at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. And Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust today announced that it has now submitted a full business case, following an approved outline business case, in the hope to receive £13million towards the scheme, which is already years ahead of schedule.The Trust opened the first phase of the ambitious and innovative new facilities on the Whinney Heys Road site in Blackpool in January – with a new waiting room and area for people with minor injuries and illnesses to be treated safely and effectively.
Emergency Village plans for the Emergency Department
Staff in the Emergency Department (ED) are already making full use of the improvements to implement new ways of working and are supporting a high number of patients who need emergency or critical care. This includes using the extra space to deliver quicker and more effective ambulance handovers at a time of incredibly high demand for paramedics. The outline business case for £13million was approved by NHS Improvement and NHS England, with £2million of funding already allocated by the Government. The next steps of the work include a new triage and reception area which should be open imminently. Work on building a new critical care building behind the current emergency department and urgent care centre is next.The existing high dependency unit and intensive care units will then move to allow the emergency department to expand with more space for patients and staff. A mental health urgent assessment centre is also being developed within the same area of the hospital in conjunction with Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust. This will enable the mental health liaison team to be nearby and able to offer assessments in a more appropriate setting and should also be up and running in the next few weeks.Kevin McGee, Chief Executive of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said “The whole team was delighted with the investment and improvements which would make such a huge difference to local people. He added: “The impact of this new approach to emergency and critical care cannot be underestimated. We’re ahead of schedule and have already opened part of it, which is really supporting improvements each and every day. I’ve no doubt that when finished the quality of care and patient safety will be very high indeed and a leading centre for the North West.Now we have outline business case approval for the next stage which will upgrade existing facilities in the emergency department and create space to care for more people. It is a huge and significant step which would amount to a £25million investment in health care on the Fylde coast. Thank you to everyone who supported this. I am very proud we’re going to hopefully be able to deliver it for local people.”ED Clinical Lead for the Emergency Village Dr Adeline Israel, said: “This is the news that we have been waiting to hear for such a long time. The opening of the first phase of the Emergency Village has given us a real boost in terms of safety, comfort and staff morale and that was just the beginning. With the outline business case being approved now, we can keep dreaming bigger and our hopes have an anchor.“We will work harder to ensure that the best possible journey, quality of care and outcomes for our patients are reached through the transformational changes this will bring. This sets the ball rolling for exciting milestones to be reached in the near future and I excitedly look forward to them.”You can follow the progress of the project on social media.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BTHEmergencyVillage and Twitter: @BTH_EVandCC.
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