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RUSSELLS HALL HOSPITAL: Revamp of A&E services at Dudley hospital

RUSSELLS HALL HOSPITAL: Revamp of A&E services at Dudley hospital

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An enhanced resuscitation area and new bereavement suite could be created at Dudley’s main hospital as part of an A&E department revamp.

Proposals have been put forward to Dudley Council planning officers by the borough’s NHS trust which are aimed at boosting services at Russells Hall Hospital.

If approved, the redevelopment will see an extended resus area, a new bereavement suite, the introduction of an ambulance rapid assessment and treatment area  and an expansion to the existing staff space.

Other changes include increasing the size of patient cubicles, a re-design of ambulance access, a new plant room and changes to parking areas.

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust has been working on redesigning the emergency department since a damning Care Quality Commission inspection which ranked the A&E as inadequate.

Inspectors said the resus area was not fit for purpose for the size of Russells Hall Hospital.

Since then, the trust has secured millions in Government funding to help reconfigure the A&E department.

This included £20 million in 2018 as part of a national £2.9 billion funding package and a further £3 million last year.

In the application, planning agents AA Projects said: “An opportunity to reconfigure the resuscitation area within the Emergency Department (ED) happens rarely but when it does, it provides the chance to design a state of the art space that inspires and intuitively supports effective, efficient, and safe patient care.

“In doing so, it is important that it provides the flexibility to meet future developments in healthcare technology and increasing patient volumes.

“The design should facilitate the delivery of modern emergency medicine, promote the experience of patients, and enhance the wellbeing of staff.

“Following a CQC visit two years ago its report highlighted the resuscitation area did not have sufficient capacity for the size of Russells Hall Hospital and was not deemed fit for purpose.

“In addition, following lessons learnt from the Covid 19 pandemic, the new area will need to be fully flexible to meet future needs.

“Adjacent to the resus area will be a Bereavement Suite, with facilities for
relatives and carers to be able to pay their last respects with privacy and dignity.

“State of the art facilities and equipment will support the department being an area fit for the future.”

They added: “The design allows for an expanded department area, required
to meet the capacity demands of the Hospital.

“Alongside this, internal reconfigurations of the whole area allow for a more efficient patient flow within the emergency department.”

Words: Gurdip Thandi, Local Democracy Reporter


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