East Cheshire NHS Trust has received £2.2 million to allow the trust to improve patient flow at Macclesfield Hospital.
The investment will be used to open a new same-day care emergency care unit, independent of the existing emergency department, for those referred by GPs or NHS 111 for urgent treatment from a specialist. Patients who are referred for same day treatment at the hospital will be able to experience a more efficient care journey.
The new unit will operate separately from the emergency department and will ensure that patients who have already been diagnosed by their GP or via NHS 111 will be fast-tracked to the right specialist at the very beginning of their visit to hospital.
Dr Tom Bartram, Emergency Department Specialist at East Cheshire NHS Trust said,
Our patients will benefit as they will be seen by specialist clinicians outside of the emergency department which will reduce the length of their hospital stay.”
The same day emergency care unit will create a more streamlined and efficient process for staff and patients alike, as well as helping with infection control whilst the hospital has reduced capacity due to social distancing measures.
East Cheshire NHS Trust Chief Operating Officer, Simon Goff, said,
This investment is a really positive development for the hospital and the patients that we care for. The new unit will give us the additional space and capacity required to treat same day patients swiftly and allow them to go home faster.”
Work has now commenced on the unit which is located adjacent to the emergency department on the Macclesfield Hospital site and is due for completion by December 2020.