St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust’s commitment to provide new and improved facilities for patients is continuing with work to expand the A&E resuscitation department on the main hospital site in Tooting.

The works will provide eight new resuscitation beds. Each bed space will be larger than at present, allowing staff to manage complex cases more easily. The new design will also provide a dedicated overhead x-ray system, built into the ceiling of the department, improved infection control measures and relatives’ waiting rooms.

Neal Deans, director of estates and facilities, said: “St George’s Hospital has one of the busiest A&E departments in the country, seeing over 300 patients every day. As a major trauma centre, the trust takes patients from southwest London and Surrey with serious injuries for immediate access to specialist care including severe head injuries, penetrating injuries to neck and chest such as stab wounds; limb amputations and paralysis after an accident.

“This exciting project will help improve our trauma facilities by providing a modernised, top-class environment for patients to be treated in.”

During the works a full clinical service will be maintained at all times. People suffering from minor injuries or general illness are asked not to not attend A&E but instead to go to a more appropriate healthcare provider. For information about the most appropriate healthcare facility for your illness, visit the trust’s ‘choose well’ page.

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