We have today (Thursday 6 December) opened a new building containing two new wards next to A&E at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The wards will provide an additional 44 beds for patients. The new development will help Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust make major improvements to patient care, as Medical Director Dr Elizabeth Aitken explains:
“QEH often receives more ambulances than any other hospital in London, and in the past we simply haven’t had enough space for all our patients after they have been seen in A&E. This will no longer be the case, as we now have two new short-stay inpatient wards. This means that patients who come through A&E requiring further hospital care will get faster treatment in the right environment.”
There is a phased opening of the two new wards (wards 22 and 23). Twenty four of the additional 44 beds are now open (in ward 22) and we will open the other beds in January and February next year. We are also expanding our specialist healthcare services in the new facility to support A&E and help local patients get the right care sooner.