THE Accident and Emergency department at Grantham Hospital is being given a £40,000 make-over, which will benefit both patients and staff.
A&E clinical nurse manager Paul Lewis is looking forward to the department being brought into the 21st century.
He said: “It’s going to have a huge impact on the hospital. The department’s looking a bit jaded now. It’s been open since 1986 and has had little in the way of refurbishment. The amount of patients has doubled in that period but we’ve got the same clinical space as we had originally.
“Patients haven’t had enough room, they’ve had to sit in corridors or remain in the waiting room. This is going to help reduce waiting times.”
The money, which has come from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust charitable funds, will be used to create two new minor injury rooms, a new relatives room, it will update the reception area, get new seating for the waiting area, improve the paediatric play area, buy seven new patient hospital trolleys and redecorate the unit throughout including updated signage. Grantham and District Hospitals League of Friends is supporting the refurbishment and buying new clinical equipment.
Paul said: “We realise that any money within the NHS is so precious and we just cherish the opportunity to have the £40,000 to spend. We’re going to spend it very wisely.
“We’re aware of the importance of first impressions and A&E is often called the shop window of the hospital because it’s the first contact for many people.
The revamp and refurbishment of the main reception will benefit the public and staff.”
Thirty per cent of the patients visiting A&E are children so the team also thought refurbishing their area was very important. The new room will not only keep them more separate from the adult waiting area but it will also have state-of-the-art distraction therapies to help keep them calm including an interactive computer screen.
Further to this the trolleys will allow patients more comfort and the relatives room will be in a more secluded area away from main reception.
Paul added: “This will allow us to break bad news in a private, appropriate area that gives them the dignity required.
“The staff are very excited about having the improvements. It’s a very positive thing for Grantham, our patients and the staff.”
Work is due to begin on October 17 and is expected to last for four weeks.