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£7m to expand Royal Surrey A&E

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£7m to expand Royal Surrey A&E

Published at 3:18pm 27th June 2017.

Almost £7m is being spent on upgrading the Accident and Emergency department at the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

It will see the A&E increase in size by 46 per cent by October 2018.

It will also include a new out of hours GP Assessment Unit.

Hospital bosses say the current A&will remain open whilst the work is done.

The announcement comes after the Trust was awarded £1million by the Department of Health to ease pressure in time for next winter.

The further £5.9 million is coming from the Trust's Capital Plan budget.

Chief Executive, Paula Head, said: "Last winter was really difficult for the Trust and as a result we weren't always able to deliver the patient experience we would have liked in our A&E department.

"Together with our staff, community service providers and social care teams we have put in an incredibly amount of hard work and since March the department has consistently been hitting the target to treat 95 per cent of patients within four hours.

"I am delighted to say the Trust now has one of the best performing A&E departments nationally.

"Through remodeling and expanding our A&E department we can work on the fantastic progress that has already been made by the team and ensure the clinical environment reflects the high quality care we offer.

"The Project will provide a greater space to assess and treat our most seriously ill patients, as well as providing a more efficient environment for our staff to work in.

"For our patients, the new increased space will offer a rapid assessment, as well as more dignity and privacy.

"The GP Assessment Unit will also have a significant impact on reducing waiting times, by making sure that patients can be treated by GPs on site."

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