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PS35m revamp for A&E department; New project expected to create around 1000 jobs.

Byline: EXCLUSIVE By HELEN HUNT @helen_echo

A MERSEYSIDE hospital is carrying out a PS35m revamp of its A&E department.

The trust which runs Fazakerley hospital has signed off an ambitious building programme that aims to transform the existing emergency department.

And the new project is also predicted to create around 1,000 jobs.

During the construction of the modernised department, builders BAM Construction Ltd have made a pledge to recruit workers locally where possible.

The new-look emergency department will be housed in a new two-storey facility named the Urgent Care and Trauma Centre.

The centre - scheduled to be complete in 2016 - will also house critical care, theatres and the fracture clinic, all together under the same roof, which means patients with multiple medical needs can be treated in the same location and, therefore, more quickly.

Management say the investment will provide the area with the "most modern A&E department in the region".

And they stress there will be no change to services throughout the building programme.

The hospital already specialises in emergency trauma care. Along with the Royal Liverpool Hospital and the Walton Centre, they were chosen to form the Major Trauma Centre Collaborative (MTCC), which means ambulances can bring patients directly to Fazakerley or the Royal after a serious car crash, rather than the nearest hospital, to give them the best care and the best chance of survival.

They believe the modernisation further cements their role, being able to offer the best service in the best environment possible to the most seriously ill trauma patients.

Chief Executive Catherine Beardshaw said: "With this investment, Aintree will be offering world class facilities to match the care our staff provide for the most seriously ill patients.

"Our clinical teams work very hard to provide the best possible care and this investment represents our commitment to providing world class care for all our patients."

Around 85,000 patients attend the hospital's A&E every year.

The new centre, which is a mix of new build and redevelopment of the existing A&E department, will have a fresh, spacious, modern design with more comfortable waiting areas.

Trust executives are also planning to put in more diagnostic equipment in the A&E department to help provide swifter treatment to the most seriously ill.

As a Foundation trust, Fazakerley has secured funding of PS20m from the Foundation Trust Financing Facility (a government fund), which management say is at a very competitive 2.92% rate, the rest of the money comes from the hospital's own capital budget.

The trust has already carried out around PS7.5m of this PS35m project, upgrading a dedicated A&E theatre and putting in the new link road system in front of the hospital which helps ambulances to reach A&E more quickly.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 3, 2013
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