New department transforms A&E care

A landmark scheme to rebuild the emergency department (A&E) at St Thomas’ Hospital has entered its final phase with the opening of a new major treatment area.

The project started in March 2014 and has transformed patient care by creating a dedicated Emergency Floor that brings together emergency services in a single area of the hospital.

New A&E departmentThe emergency department at St Thomas’ sees 140,000 patients coming through its doors each year, including 27,000 children.

The new majors area is bigger than before with 25 treatment cubicles, a more efficient, open layout, and improved facilities for staff and relatives. The final stage of the project will be completed in early May. This will see the Clinical Decision Unit move from its temporary location to a new home on the Emergency Floor.

Dr Simon Eccles, Consultant in Emergency Medicine who led work to transform the emergency care pathway at St Thomas’, said:

We now have state-of-the-art facilities to help us treat increasing numbers of patients but this project wasn’t just about increasing capacity. By creating a new Emergency Floor we have been able to improve the patient journey for all our patients by ensuring we have the right facilities to treat them all in one place.

The project has already delivered the following benefits for patients:

  • new 62-bed admission ward with en suite facilities
  • urgent Care Centre where patients with less serious conditions can be treated by GPs and emergency nurse practitioners
  • new emergency department (A&E) entrance, registration, assessment and waiting area
  • new dedicated Children’s Emergency Department and six-bed Short Stay Unit
  • improved resuscitation area with larger treatment cubicles and dedicated trauma and isolation rooms
  • artwork funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity to create a welcoming environment and help patients navigate their way to the right area.

The Emergency Department (A&E) will remain open and all emergency services will continue to operate as normal during this final period of construction.

The King’s Health Partners Medicine Clinical Academic Group provides a response to patients who need emergency or urgent treatment.