Friday, 25 July 2014

New assessment unit for Crosshouse Hospital

A multi-million pound investment by the SNP Scottish Government will see the creation of a new Combined Assessment Unit (CAU) at Crosshouse Hospital, the main medical facility serving residents of North Ayrshire.

Bam Construction has began preparatory work for the CAU, which is to be built alongside the existing Emergency Department and will include 35 en-suite bedrooms, as well as new patient assessment and ambulatory care areas. An NHS Ayrshire & Arran spokesperson said, “The unit will provide the physical environment needed to allow patients to be rapidly assessed and either discharged safely or admitted to a specialty ward for further care and treatment.”

Construction of the CAU is part of the Building for Better Care programme, a major development to provide new fit-for-purpose facilities at the 'front doors' of Crosshouse and Ayr hospitals. Over the next three years, £27.5m will be invested to help provide what the local NHS describes as “safe, effective and person-centred urgent and emergency care for patients coming to hospital for anything other than a scheduled appointment”.

Liz Moore, NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Director for Acute Services, said, “This is a fantastic development and it's great to see that work is now underway. The Combined Assessment Unit will mean improvements in the way patients are assessed, treated, admitted or safely discharged when they come to hospital in an emergency.

"There will be some short-term disruption while we get ready for the new unit and this will mean the temporary loss of some car-parking spaces. We appreciate everyone's patience during this period.”

Once preparatory work is complete, construction of the CAU is scheduled to begin in October, with completion expected by February 2016.

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