Patients visiting Inverclyde Royal Hospital (IRH) will get a pleasant surprise when they come to the hospital following a £1 million refurbishment of Accident and Emergency and an investment of £200,000 on the main entrance area.
With more than £3 million already spent in the hospital this year this latest investment has breathed new life into the accident and emergency department and the main hospital entrance.
The accident and emergency department has been upgraded to allow it to continue to assess and treat more than 35,000 patients each year with improvements including new access routes for patients and enhanced patient waiting and reception areas.
The refurbishment has also greatly improved the standard of clinical accommodation with more space for the most critically ill patients, three additional treatment cubicles and modern triage facilities, and there has also been a significant investment in equipment for the department.
The main entrance has also been upgraded to create a more welcoming environment for patients and visitors attending the hospital. The aesthetics and cosmetics of the new entrance have been carefully designed to offer a similar fresh concept to that of the newly refurbished Emergency department and is now a bright, airy and modern glass enclosed area for patients coming to the hospital.
There has also been a significant increase in the extent of enclosed area at the main entrance to assist with the implementation of the No Smoking Policy.
Andrew Robertson, Chairman, NHSGGC was given a tour of accident and emergency and shown the new bright and airy main entrance.
He said: “I am extremely pleased to have been invited to Inverclyde Royal Hospital to see the results of the recent investment at the hospital and the difference this will make for patients and staff.
“Undertaking this refurbishment whilst still providing a fully functioning emergency department was not without its challenges and it is of great testament to the staff that they continued to provide a high quality service to patients and the local population of Inverclyde at a time of disruption with ongoing building works.
“The support from surrounding departments including staff from the fracture clinic and day surgery was of great importance, often providing additional short term capacity for the emergency department to enable patient throughput to be continued.
“Our facilities team were also excellent in ensuring the department remained clean at all times as were the Infection Control team who provided daily input and advice regarding the building works and I would also like to thank the ambulance service who too showed great patience during the time of the works.”
Dr Dave Stoddart, Lead Accident and Emergency Consultant added: “The refurbishment and upgrading of accident and emergency at the IRH provides the department with state-of-the-art critical care facilities. This not only benefits the local population but means the staff can deliver up to date healthcare.
Notes to Editors
The refurbishment of Accident and Emergency and the main entrance upgrade is the latest in a number of capital projects that have been undertaken at the IRH over the last year.
In 2013 a total of £4.3 million has been spent on the hospital including a new clean room for ophthalmology patients having to undergo intra-vitreal therapy (IVT), new shower area in level J centre, external wall refurbishment and roof repairs, and refurbishment of level F south oncology and haematology.
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Pic: NHSGGC Chairman, Andrew Robertson (middle) chtas with A&E Consultant, Dr David Stoddart (left), and Lead Nurse, Frances McLaughlan (right) at refurbished nurses station.