Date of release: 25 November 2015
The brand new state-of-the-art £38 million Urgent and Emergency Care Centre (UECC) at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton opened on time at 4am this morning.
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust have been working with contractors Kier Construction on the project for the past 18 months and the doors were officially opened by Project Lead for RWT, Jane McKiernan, as the clock turned four this morning, with the first patients arriving shortly afterwards.
The new centre brings all urgent care facilities on the Wolverhampton site under one roof – including the Emergency Department (A&E) and dedicated radiology and X-Ray facilities. It also has a clinical decisions unit, facilities for urgent outpatient appointments and an urgent care centre. The top floor of the three-tier building will house the acute medical unit.
The building is three times the size of the current A&E and will be one of the biggest in the region, with state-of-the art, world class facilities that will help staff provide high quality, safe care for the people of Wolverhampton and the surrounding areas.
RWT Chief Executive David Loughton said: “We are really pleased with the new building and that it now brings together many of the services for Urgent and Emergency Care in Wolverhampton under one roof. It’s a fantastic addition to the facilities at New Cross and will really improve the working experience for our staff and the experience for our patients.”
“We are so very pleased with the building. We are really happy with the quality of the build. It is a fantastic achievement by everyone involved and we now have a brilliant facility for the population of Wolverhampton and the surrounding areas.”