Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust has set out a proposed timeline for reconfiguration which will include moving all emergency admissions and surgery to Queen’s Hospital by mid 2015.
Intermediate care beds will be established at King George Hospital in the spring and renal dialysis will be moved off the Queen’s Hospital site in summer to allow work on the emergency department to commence as soon the full business case is approved in August.
The emergency department redevelopment and creation of critical care bed provision at Queen’s Hospital is due to be completed in autumn 2015, allowing the majority of the day case activity to move to the King George Hospital site.
The reconfiguration will result in the closure of six wards at King George Hospital.
One ward was closed in September and another ward will be closed in March next year. In 2014-15 four further wards will be closed.
At a board meeting in November deputy medical director Stephen Burgess said the closures would not impact on patient care because the trust aims to reduce the average length of stay to four days, rather than the current five days.
He also said that the trust hopes that the introduction of seven day working and the presence of senior clinicians on the wards seven days a week would improve quality of care.