Date of release: Wednesday 28th May, 2014
Work will start on June 2 to build a new £30million Emergency Centre at New Cross Hospital. Construction giant Kier Construction have secured the contract to build the new unit, which will provide much needed additional capacity when it opens in November 2015.
Existing emergency services at New Cross will not be affected by construction of the new three storey development, which will be almost three times the size of the existing A&E. The first floor will house a Clinical Decisions Unit – where patients who need to be monitored will stay – and an Outpatients’ Clinic. Other areas of the building will include dedicated Radiology and X-Ray facilities for Emergency patients along with consulting space for GP’s.
The development aims to bring all emergency services – which are currently spread out across the News Cross site – eventually under one roof.
Trust Chief Executive David Loughton said: “We have worked long and hard to secure this improvement for the people of Wolverhampton and surrounding areas.
“Our emergency department has been under immense pressure and it is a source of great pride and optimism to see work starting.
“In just over a year’s time we will have one of the UK’s most advanced emergency buildings and urgent care systems, supporting our staff with the very best facilities and enabling us to put our patients first. That is very good news for Wolverhampton.”
Kier Construction director, David Sizer, added: “We are delighted to have been appointed by the Trust to build this important emergency healthcare facility.
“We have successfully completed over 100 projects through the P21+ framework to date and we are confident that, by working collaboratively with the Trust, we can deliver excellent new healthcare facilities for Wolverhampton and surrounding areas.
“These will both ease the pressure on the emergency department and enable the Trust to provide even better patient care.”
For further information please contact Head of Estates Development Mike Goodwin, tel. 01902 307999, or Kier construction Communications Executive Jane Mason, tel. 01767 355000.