Nottingham

Cash boost to improve QMC's emergency department

Health bosses have approved an £800,000 project to redesign the emergency department at a Nottingham hospital to help treat patients more quickly.

The changes at the Queen's Medical Centre are the first to be made in more than a decade.

A larger and improved assessment area for patients is being created, with 10 dedicated cubicles for adults.

There will also be improved facilities for children, including three new assessment and treatment cubicles.

The reception area will be revamped and separate entrances for children and adults will be created, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust said.

The trust said the changes will allow medical teams to work more closely together and more efficiently to help patients.

It is thought patients with minor injuries and illnesses will benefit most.

Building work will start in mid-August, and is expected to be completed by early December, though the department will stay open throughout.

A trust spokeswoman said: "The project is based on feedback from patients and some of the hundreds of ideas and suggestions from staff, as part of the 'Better For You' programme to improve quality and efficiency across the whole trust."

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