WORCESTERSHIRE ROYAL HOSPITAL: £15 million awarded to expand A&E department
WORCESTER’S MP has said he is delighted that £15 million has been awarded to expand the A&E department at the city’s hospital following more than a decade of campaigning to secure funding.
The multi-million-pound work will see the relocation and expansion of the A&E department at Worcestershire Royal Hospital in Worcester and the creation of a new ’emergency village’ on the site.
City MP Robin Walker said he was thrilled to see the A&E, which will be about a third bigger, would finally be expanded as it had been one of his top priorities since being first elected in 2010.
“Getting this vital expansion we have fought for over such a long period is the end of one long journey when it comes to the emergency department but it is by no means the limit of my ambitions for our hospital or our health service,” he said.
The plans are being drawn up after £15 million was made available to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to deliver improvements in urgent care facilities in the city.
A dedicated children’s A&E department would also be built and the hospital’s helipad would also be moved to allow patients brought in by air ambulance to go straight into A&E rather than having to be transported by ambulance.
“I am delighted at this news as delivering funding for the emergency department has been one of my top priorities since first being elected in 2010,” Mr Walker added. “I have consistently called for an expansion to the hospital and a bigger emergency department and whilst I welcomed the funding for wards and new link bridge, I was clear that it would never be enough to meet the needs of our growing population without further investment in emergency care.
“Over the last year the importance of our NHS has been proven once again and we have needed every ounce of capacity that our hospitals could offer. The extra wards and facilities were essential to the battle against coronavirus but we still faced the challenge of an emergency department which comes under enormous pressure every winter due to its size.”
Words: Christian Barnett, Local Democracy Reporter
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