Emergency Department new facilities open
A £750,000 project to upgrade the Majors area has been completed
New facilities in the Emergency Department at the Horton General Hospital have opened. Improvement works started in the last quarter of 2020 and were completed earlier this year.
The Majors area in the Emergency Department has been expanded and now has separate areas for paediatric and adult spaces. By relocating and re-provisioning staff offices, four additional patient cubicles have been built, including a dedicated infection control bay.
The Majors area is where patients who are seriously ill, but not in a life-threatening condition, are treated.
Refurbishment of the Majors area at the John Radcliffe Hospital has also been completed. Here five assessment bays and been upgraded and a new assessment room created, the staff base has been upgraded and additional storage areas supplied.
Dr Bruno Holthof, Chief Executive Officer at Oxford University Hospitals, said: “These Emergency Department improvements at the John Radcliffe and Horton General hospitals will help us continue to deliver high-quality care to patients in Oxfordshire and beyond.
“We’re very excited that these projects are completed and operational as they will provide a better patient experience for those who require our care, as well as a better working environment for staff.
“We have incredibly talented and dedicated staff in our Emergency Departments, and these new facilities enhance the care that they will be able to give patients within minutes of walking through our doors.
“I would like to thank our patients and staff for their patience and support while works were ongoing.”
A total of £750,000 was provided by the Department of Health and Social Care to fund the project at the Horton General.
Michelle Brock, Matron of the Horton General Hospital’s Emergency Department, said: “This exciting expansion at the Horton Emergency Department will enhance urgent and emergency care for those in north Oxfordshire, and will be of huge benefit to both staff and patients in the local community.
“The new paediatric area means that when a child needs to come to the Emergency Department they can be treated in a separate and calmer environment, which is really important when you are trying to provide them with the care they need and reduce their anxiety.”