We’re currently involved in several major projects across the Trust.
Patients visiting accident and emergency (A&E) at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington are set to benefit from improved facilities and an increase in treatment areas for the most serious cases following a £3.5 million refurbishment.
Work on the upgrade, which is funded in full by a grant from Imperial Health Charity will be completed by early January 2017. The A&E will remain open throughout the refurbishment.
Dr Ali Sanders, chief of service for emergency and ambulatory care at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust said: “The layout and design of St Mary’s A&E department needs to keep pace with demand. Last year, we had a 15 per cent increase in patients arriving via emergency ‘blue light’ ambulance. The upgrade will provide more spaces for assessment and treatment of our most critically ill and injured patients and a more efficient working environment for staff. This will mean faster pathways for patients, in better surroundings and with greater privacy.”
The Riverside Operating Theatres at Charing Cross Hospital are set to be redeveloped thanks to a £1 million grant from the charity.
The Riverside Theatres are currently outdated but these improvements will produce the full set of facilities required for elective short stay surgery in one unit: waiting area; patient consent rooms; four theatres compliant with modern air handling requirements; recovery; improved changing rooms; and improved storage to maximize the use of the theatre facility.
The charity has awarded £7.2 million to transform outpatient clinics at two of the Trust's hospitals after the Care Quality Commission highlighted a number of areas that could be improved.
Refurbishments are taking place in the clinical and waiting areas used by day case patients at Hammersmith and Charing Cross hospitals. This includes main outpatients and renal outpatients at Hammersmith, ENT, opthalmology and main outpatients at Charing Cross. Work is expected to finish in March 2017.
An additional £290,000 was awarded to Western Eye Hospital at the end of July to reconfigure and renovate the outpatients department.