Royal opening for new emergency department

One of the busiest emergency departments in the NHS has been officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal after being completely rebuilt.

The emergency department (A&E) at St Thomas’ Hospital sees around 150,000 attendances a year,  420 patients every day.

HRH Princess RoyalHer Royal Highness was given a tour of the department and met staff who ensured it remained open as normal, 24 hours a day, while the huge redevelopment was carried out. She heard how the project has transformed patient care by creating a dedicated Emergency Floor that brings together emergency services in a single area of the hospital.

It now takes just five minutes to admit patients instead of 30 as the admissions ward has been moved from the ninth and 10th floors to ground level as part of the emergency floor – making it quicker for staff to transfer patients and return to the emergency department.

Dr Katherine Henderson, clinical lead for emergency medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’, said:

I am incredibly proud of the new department and our dedicated staff so it was a real pleasure to show them both off to the Princess Royal.
The old department was designed to see a maximum of 300 patients a day and we were treating an average of 380 patients a day when the rebuild started. Now we have a facility that means patients benefit from a brighter, more spacious environment and our staff will find it easier to deliver high quality care.

Built by Logan Construction and designed by architects ADP, the new emergency department provides bigger treatment cubicles, better infection control and more privacy for patients and their families.

The emergency floor includes a dedicated children’s emergency department and children’s short-stay unit, part of Evelina London Children’s Hospital, so they are treated in a separate area from adult patients.

Artwork has also been funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity to create a welcoming environment and help patients navigate their way to the right area.

Read more on the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust website.

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