New emergency assessment unit for NGH

November 06, 2017

Visitors to NGH will notice a lot of construction activity taking place near our main entrance beside the emergency department. The hospital has two major building projects taking place this year which will have a big impact on how they care for patients most in need of emergency care.

Building work started in July on a new £12 million emergency assessment unit on the site of the A&E car park. The 60-bedded two-storey building will be used to care for seriously unwell patients who need to be admitted from the A&E department for further assessment and treatment.

What is an assessment unit?

Emergency assessment units are used for patients who have recently been admitted to hospital. The units allow patients to receive dedicated assessment and care so that further steps for their care can be planned.

That usually means they stabilise patients so that they may be moved to specialist wards to receive further specialised treatments or they care for them until they are well enough to be discharged home.

Emergency assessment units are staffed by a dedicated team of consultants, nurses, assistant practitioners and healthcare support workers with support from other services across the hospital.

GP streaming

The assessment unit construction project will take place alongside work to provide new GP streaming facilities at the entrance to the hospital site at the Springfield building. This means that patients who attend A&E who would be more appropriately seen by a GP will be directed to the new facilities.

Work with NGH

The new emergency assessment unit represents an exciting opportunity for the Trust to explore innovate models of care for their emergency admissions. If you’re a registered nurse or a health care assistant and you’d like to find out more about career opportunities in the new unit, NGH would love to hear from you – contact associate director of nursing Jason King to register your interest.