Bosses approve £30m Wolverhampton A&E centre

Bosses at a Black Country hospital have given the go-ahead for a new £30 million A&E centre – despite still having to find £10 million of funding.

New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital saw 900 more patients and suffered a one per cent drop in its rate

However, the chief financial officer at New Cross Hospital, in Wolverhampton, said the board is confident it will be able to get the money to make the project a reality.

The move to formally approve the plans for the new centre was made at a special board meeting of the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust – with the caveat that the funding is found.

Speaking after the meeting, Kevin Stringer, chief financial officer at the hospital, said: “There is £10 million to get but we are confident that we will get that from the Department of Health hopefully.

“Everyone who has seen that ward knows that it needs something doing to it, so we are being positive that the Department of Health will put its hand in its pocket and help us.”

David Loughton, chief executive, said: “The full business case is subject to sourcing the full £10m from the Department of Health, or an alternative source of funding.”

Dr Jonathan Odum, medical director, made a presentation to the board outlining the changes made to the business case since it was first presented in October 2013.

Dr Odum said the extra £10m was to help build the new centre quickly.

It was originally set to open in May 2016, but will now open in November next year.

The business plan said that almost 40,000 more patients are expected to flood in over the next few years. Mr Loughton said the current centre is not fit for purpose, and is already seeing more patients than it was built to handle.

The business plan was unanimously agreed by the board, and will now go in front of Trust Development Authority on May 15.

Comments for: "Bosses approve £30m Wolverhampton A&E centre "

Thehoffsleftsock

Good news for wolves, didn't they spend a few million a year ago on A & E?, we need cheaper and better parking too, the last thing you should worry about when taking a sick child is, Oh the parking meter.

Annie Bro

I agree with the first poster; not much joined up thinking is it spending £2m odd & then another £30m on a new block (where on the site is it?) I presume our wasteful system of budgets per department etc is to blame ? Although, to he fair, probably best to wait, what 5 years before it opens before you have an argument with a bus!

Parking; if the machines didn't swallow your £2's it wouldn't be so bad; don't bother complaining either, you've more chance of getting an apology of Roger the Dodger of The Kremlin fame than getting your money back off that shower who 'run' parking at New X in Wednesfield!

moaninagain

to be fair Annie the machines is very old but the guards always respond quickly and are always helpful I have always found anyway

Annie Bro

As much as I should be honoured that you went to all the trouble of setting up an ' hilariously ' titled account/name,just to have a dig, intimidate me into shutting up & ' put me right', I'm rather perplexed as to your real motives;

Are you connected to the company (or an employee) that runs the parking @New X in Wednesfield, or management there?

You see, I spent a week doing night sittings with my dying father @New X & indeed had numerous problems with Meters in the East CP; there were no wardens there then " being very nice and helpful" ( that's what parking patrol wardens are famous for, aren't they!), but a badly lit, badly maintained parking infrastructure with no clear or convenient way of getting redress without trawling the hospital & spending hours chasing it up when I should have been with my dying father;

Why don't you have the decency & guts to day who you really are?

Prat

david.sutton.37017

Previous spending on upgrading of the current A&E facility was an urgent reaction to exceptional demands on the service which was designed for a much lower number of users. The level of criticism flying about from the public was extreme and the Hospital faced the inevitable dilemma of damned if they did and damned if they didn't.

The real issue here is to make sure that, as far as possible the new facility is future proof and can cater for current and anticipated demand from us, the public, who cannot get an appointment with our GPs when we need one and the design should facilitate a much more effective out of hours primary care facility which will enable qualified staff to triage people who rock up at A& E with minor ailments onto an on site out of hours GP service.

It will still face the onslaught from people who should self medicate because there symptoms are so minor as well as those who should know better but get so alcohol overloaded that they lose all self control. I don't think the new facility includes a drunk tank but I bet one would solve may of the A&E volume problems

markie

I agree with you David. The misuse of A&E nationwide is a disgrace. People who attend with trivial ailments and self inflicted conditions, like drunkeness clog up the department and stop the more seriously ill or injured getting the service they need.

I applaud the fact that these facilities are to be provided. My experience is that careful planning of such a big and complicated project is most important. Too much rush can produce a less good result and more often than not large overspends.