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.
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”.
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.