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Improvement work starts in Southend’s A&E

14 May 2013

Health Care

Work is currently underway to create a new self-contained area for children attending Southend University Hospital’s accident and emergency department for treatment. The revamp will see the creation of four dedicated paediatric bays with a separate triage room.

A&E consultant Dr Caroline Howard said: "The present arrangements are not ideal as young patients may be able to see and hear what is going on in the busy department while they are being assessed and treated. The building work will give us a dedicated area for children to be cared for, in line with Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health best practice."

The work is expected to be completed by the end of July. For a short period, patients arriving by emergency ambulance will be assessed and treated in an area adjacent to A&E (currently the acute medical unit).

Project manager, Perry Hegarty, said: "To cater for blue-light ambulances, there will be a loss of some car parking spaces at the front of the hospital outside the department. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and also for the additional noise levels which patients may experience while this important work is being carried out."

Claire Gowland, general manager for emergency care, said: "We would ask our local community to avoid putting additional pressure on the department by using our services for only the most serious conditions. For non-urgent conditions, please go to your GP surgery, pharmacy or dial 111 for medical advice and treatment."