Work underway on two more A&E units at Northampton General Hospital

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Work has started on more improvements to Northampton General Hospital’s emergency department as the new dedicated children’s treatment rooms are completed.

Builders started work on Monday to add a larger resuscitation unit, as well as a GP assessment unit to filter out minor cases. They are part of £3 milion plans to help NGH cope in the future with the huge numbers of patients that have seen it miss treatment time targets for the last three months.

And it comes after the recent completion of treatment rooms for children that were recommended by Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors in January and which will ensure kids do not have to pass adult cubicles and see potentially-traumatic injuries.

A spokesman for the hospital said: “We have been working extremely hard to address the commission’s concerns, many of which we had identified before the inspection.

“Some issues were quickly resolved. For instance, we immediately stopped the practice of sending out medicines by taxi, revised our ‘do not resuscitate’ forms and training, and ensured that all medical equipment was tested and properly labelled.

“Other issues have taken longer either because they require investment or because they are extremely complex.”

The GP and resuscitation units should be finished by the end of this year and with final elements of the scheme completed by about August 2015.

CQC inspectors are due to visit NGH again following a report, published in March, which rated it overall as ‘requires improvement’, the third-best of the four possible ratings.

NGH said yesterday it had made good progress on the CQC action plan including:

n Introducing dedicated children’s nurses into A&E to ensure 24-hour access to a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse

n Increased access to staff training by giving them the choice of e-learning

n Improved end-of-life care by introducing new personalised care plans to replace the Liverpool Care Pathway

n Approved a business case to recruit further ITU consultants and medical trainees.