Our changing hospital - Lister emergency department on the move

Our changing hospital - Lister emergency department on the move

Staff at Lister Hospital are gearing up to implement Phase One of an exciting refurbishment programme which sees the build of a new, state of the art Emergency department.

At 06:01 on 29th August, accident and emergency services will move from its current space to the brand new, fully equipped emergency department. The new build is modern, spacious and higher with natural light. Built to a very high spec the department boasts a six bed resuscitation area with a separate isolation room to monitor patients, vastly improved technology and upgraded patient facilities. It was developed with the patient in mind so related departments are sited in close proximity to one another to save time moving patients between treatments.

If you would like to see the new emergency department before it goes into service, the hospital is holding two open days with tours every half hour. There is no need to book a place, just turn up and bring a form of ID with you on:

Tuesday 20 August or Wednesday 21 August between 10 am and 2pm.

To access the new ED department please come in to the main entrance, go down to level 2 in the lift and follow the signs to fracture clinic, Cardiac Catheter Suite and Bluebell ward; at the end of this link 6 corridor you will see signs for the ED open day

The project team have planned the changeover with military precision and involved not only hospital staff but also the police, fire and ambulance services, volunteer services, IT Support and patient groups to ensure the move runs smoothly, services are maintained during the transition and above all patient care is safe.  Both old and new emergency departments will run over the transition period with additional porters, night managers, security, IT support, medical staff and staff volunteers on hand over a 24 hour period to ensure it is a success. The commitment of the staff involved and the exceptional planning that has gone into this project inspires confidence that it will be managed well.

Prior to the opening, staff will familiarise themselves with their new surroundings, be trained on all the equipment and participate in scenario training including trauma, resuscitation and paediatrics. Extensive signage will be put up around the hospital to clearly direct visitors to the new emergency department.

Phase One of the build sees years of planning and hard work come to fruition. The current accident and emergency department was originally designed to accommodate the needs of approximately 30,000 patients per year. This has escalated to around 95,000 per year and it is anticipated that numbers will rise further to 135,000 per year across the Lister and QEII hospitals. Phase Two, which will see a further move, is expected to complete in six months’ time and the building will be officially opened in Spring 2015.

For more information please visit East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

QEII hospital

Accident and emergency services at the QEII hospital in Welwyn Garden City remain in place and will continue to do so through to the opening of the New QEII in Spring 2015.