Croydon University Hospital’s brand new £21m A&E department has now opened its doors to the public.
Announcing the opening, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said it would offer “modern, high-quality facilities” to Croydon patients.
The Trust added that the new A&E has been designed by doctors and nurses at the hospital to create “the best environment in which to care for patients”.
The new department is 30% larger, features a dementia-friendly design, as well as rooms with doors for treatment, rather than curtained cubicles.
There are also two separate paediatric waiting areas – one for children under 12 and the other for adolescents – plus an outdoor space and 14 paediatric patient rooms.
Two mental health liaison rooms have been built where nurses can assess people, as well as a dedicated Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAHMS).
The new Urgent Treatment Centre has six consultation rooms and a treatment room for people with more minor ailments.
Dr Kathryn Channing, lead Emergency Care consultant at CHS said: “We are incredibly proud of what we have built here at Croydon. The new department means our community have access to some of the best emergency care facilities in London.
“Throughout this project we have all worked closely with the designers and construction team to ensure that the department offers exactly the right environment in which to care for our local community now and for many years to come.”
Matthew Kershaw, chief executive, said the opening was a “great day for the Trust, local community and staff”. He also praised staff for working tireless in the temporary facilities that were used during construction.
He said: “As a Trust, we always put our patients needs first and that has led to the creation of this wonderful new Emergency Department which has been designed to ensure we can offer the best care and facilities to local people.”