New £1m unit to double capacity of Northampton General Hospital’s A&E

Michelle Buckenham, Dr Tristan Dyer, Kate Vanham, Jason King, Dr Fiona Poyner, Jessica Gibbs. Picture courtesy of NGH.
Michelle Buckenham, Dr Tristan Dyer, Kate Vanham, Jason King, Dr Fiona Poyner, Jessica Gibbs. Picture courtesy of NGH.

A new 10-bed resuscitation unit for seriously ill patients has been opened at Northampton General Hospital (NGH).

The £1 million unit allows staff to care for twice as many patients needing intensive medical and nursing care.

Sister Jessica Gibbs said: “This new resuscitation area means we have the equipment we need, the space we need and now the nursing staff to look after patients until they are well enough and stable enough to move to intensive care or to another ward or hospital.”

With 10 bays, the new unit doubles the capacity in the emergency department.

The new unit has specialist equipment for treating critically ill babies as well as facilities for delivering a baby urgently. There is also a specialist bay with dedicated facilities for patients who have suffered a stroke.

NGH is seeing increasing numbers of people coming into resuscitation and needing intensive medical and nursing care, with 8,500 such patients in 2013 comapred with 10,000 last year.

Dr Fiona Poyner, an A&E consultant, said: “The new area means we now have the kit we need in one place, we have more space and less need to move patients about. It’s definitely a better deal for our patients.”