North Middlesex University Hospital Trust has expanded its accident and emergency department to meet increased demand after nearby Chase Farm Hospital’s A&E closed at the beginning of last month.

The hospital has recruited 33 consultants for the A&E department and also on the wards over evenings and weekends to cope with the expected 26,000 extra patients over a year.

In its first week under the new arrangement the department has seen an average of over 500 patients a day and over 100 ambulances a day.

The hospital has opened a new acute assessment unit that accepts medical and surgical patients directly from GPs to divert pressure away from the A&E. A similar unit has opened for paediatrics for children as well as an older people’s assessment unit.

Clinical director for North Middlesex University Hospital Trust Eddie Lamuren said: “We are delighted with the changes during the first week and believe that the patients attending the hospital will have a much better experience and treatment as a result.

“We are very busy but the pathways we now have in place are allowing us to provide safer and better care for our patients and we are hitting the national standards.”

In its first week with increased attendances the trust treated over 96 per cent of patients within four hours.