£3.7 million A&E investment

Tuesday February 16, 2021

Works are underway to improve patient flow and increase capacity in the A&E departments at Worthing and St Richard’s, following a £3.7 million award from Public Dividend Capital funding.

Catherine Keegan, Emergency Department matron said: “The refurbishment works will create much needed additional treatment capacity and added flexibility to create more efficient pathways and provide a better patient experience.”

The proposed works will see eight cubicles and three same day emergency care cubicles (SDEC) created at Worthing; and 11 cubicles and two SDECs created at St Richard’s. SDECs minimise and remove delays in the patient pathway by allowing services to process emergency patients within the same day as an alternative to hospital admission.

Interim chief operating officer Gethin Hughes said: “This significant investment in both our A&E departments will ensure we can provide our patients and staff with an improved environment for their care. It will increase our capacity to care for more patients and it also will improve the experience for our patients with areas purposely designed to support our pathways of care.

This significant investment in both our A&E departments will ensure we can provide our patients and staff with an improved environment for their care.

“I wish to say a huge thank you to our teams who, without complaints, have had the added pressure of building works within their departments whilst managing fantastically our response to the Covid 19 pandemic.”

The refurbishment works are anticipated to be completed within the financial year.

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