Fairfield General Hospital’s A&E expansion work continues

A&E expansion
Fairfield General Hospital’s A&E expansion work continues
29 April 2014

Work to complete a £2.25m expansion to the accident and emergency department at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury is making good progress.

Construction work is due to complete in July 2014. Local principle building contractor Thomas Barnes & Sons PLC from Bury was appointed to carry out the work in late 2013 after the first contractor went into liquidation.

The scheme will see the expansion of A&E facilities at Fairfield General Hospital, with the construction of two extensions to the existing A&E department. One of the extended areas will provide dedicated, state of the art A&E facilities for children and young people and the other will allow staff to separate minor and major cases.

Dr Kassim Ali, consultant in A&E medicine and clinical lead at Fairfield, said:

“The improved physical layout and expansion of clinical treatment areas will allow the A&E department to streamline patients more effectively and reduce waiting times by separating patients with minor injuries from those who are critically ill.”

The first extension was completed in February and is now in use for minor injuries.  Work on the fit-out of the second extension is well under way, which will consist of 11 ‘major incident’ treatment bays with updated bed head services and improved lighting, together with additional essential clinical storage and utility rooms.

Graham Lord, Head of Estate Development at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust which runs Fairfield General Hospital, said:

“Fairfield General’s A&E department was originally designed to accommodate 45,000 patients. Over the last year, the department has treated over 65,000 patients. The expansion of clinical treatment spaces and improved layout will help the hospital to manage this increase in demand more effectively and will hopefully have a positive impact on patients’ overall experience at the hospital. The new facilities should make a big difference to patients in Bury and surrounding areas when they are completed. In the meantime, we will try to ensure that any disruption to services is kept to a minimum whilst the fit out works are taking place.”

Getting the right treatment

Local people are again being reminded about the range of services and options available to them in their local communities. By choosing the right service, patients will get the best treatment in the shortest possible time, whilst keeping emergency health services available for the poorliest of patients.

A&E departments are generally for those people who are extremely unwell and need urgent medical attention.

Just having a few basic essentials at home can help to treat the symptoms of many common illnesses and injuries.  Patients can get information from the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk, advice and signposting from NHS 111, or can access one of the range of services available, including local community pharmacies, a patient’s own GP practice and NHS Walk-in Centres. 

For patients that need treating today, but can’t get an appointment with their own GP practice, they can get fast access at either Bury Urgent Treatment Centre, at Moorgate Primary Care Centre which is open every day from 8am to 10pm, no appointment needed, or Prestwich Walk in Centre which is open 8am-8pm, located on Fairfax Road, Prestwich.