STRUCTURE: Work is about to start on Frimley Park Hospital’s new emergency department, day surgery unit and helipad.

A new access road on to the site will open for use by ambulances, buses, staff and delivery vehicles by 18 April. Building work will continue for the next year, during which time the hospital’s current emergency department will continue to operate.

The trust said the present emergency department was designed to manage the care of 70,000 patients per year but in 2010-11 it saw over 100,000 patients.

The new emergency department extension will provide:

  • More space and extra resuscitation stations
  • More single rooms
  • Improved privacy and dignity
  • Helicopter access
  • Improved infection control and patient safety
  • Purpose built clinical decisions unit and day surgery unit adjacent to the emergency department

Trust director of HR and facilities Janet King said: “We are building a wonderful new facility for the most acutely ill patients but we recognise that there will inevitably be disruption while it progresses.”