A new facility to support the health and well-being of patients has opened at Princess Alexandra Hospital.
The Adult Assessment Unit, which opened on Saturday January 16, is a two-story extension next to the Emergency Department (ED) at the front of Harlow Hospital and adjacent to Charnley Ward.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, it will initially be used as an inpatient ward for virus-free patients, with “efficient layout and agile use of space” to support social distancing.
Later, it will be a dedicated space to see patients for prompt assessment and treatment for a variety of illnesses and injuries, helping to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions and ensure a shorter stay for those in need. of a bed.
This will improve the facilities available before the completion of a new hospital to serve the 350,000 people living in West Essex and East Hertfordshire, centered on the M11 corridor and the towns of Bishop’s Stortford, Harlow and Epping.
Stephanie Lawton, COO of the PAH NHS Trust, said: “The opening of the Adult Assessment Unit is a fantastic step in our ongoing work to continually improve the patient experience.
“Initially, the space will provide us with an additional facility to care for patients who do not have Covid-19, freeing up capacity in other areas of the hospital.
“Thank you to all the teams who got involved in this extremely important project.”