The Emergency Department at Barnsley Hospital will undergo major development work as part of the hospital’s transformation of emergency services.
Building work will begin this month
Building work will begin this month to add a ten bed observation unit to the back of the current department and to increase the number of resuscitation beds from three to five.
The building work will be taking place at the front of the hospital, on Gawber Road at the A&E and physiotherapy departments.
Lorraine Christopher, Associate director of estates and facilities at Barnsley Hospital said: “A&E and physiotherapy will remain open to patients and services will continue as normal – but building work will be taking place around these areas.
“The sheltered, seated area at the front of the hospital and some disabled car parking spaces outside physiotherapy will also be affected as extra storage and building equipment will need to be set up on site.”
Great benefit to many Barnsley patients
The multi million pound investment will transform how emergency care takes place at the hospital, improving patient experience, care and treatment.
Heather Mcnair, Chief nurse who is driving the transformation said: “The addition of the observation ward to our emergency services will be of great benefit to many Barnsley patients. It will allow our staff in the emergency department to treat and observe patients in need of extended urgent care that don’t necessarily need to be admitted to a general ward in the hospital.
“We will be working extremely hard with hospital staff and the external contractors to minimise any disruption to patients, but we are asking the public to please bear with us during this time.”
The development is expected to be complete by June 2013.