Our plans for Grimsby hospital
We are making significant improvements to Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby, creating a number of new, purpose-built facilities, alongside an extensive refurbishment programme in our existing buildings.
Work is already well underway. Our new £1.9 million Coastal CT Suite welcomed its first patients in January and construction of our new MRI suite – sited opposite the family services building – is now complete.
This £8 million project houses two brand new scanners, which will greatly increase our scanning capacity.
However, at the heart of the project are exciting plans to create a new multi-million pound Emergency Department using funding from the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England.
The £30 million funding for this programme has been secured and work is already underway, following planning permission being granted in late March for this scheme and a similar project in Scunthorpe.
Aligned to the new EDs will be new Acute Assessment Units (AAU) at each site. The £24.86 million for these units was announced last year and we’re now in the process of developing the full business cases working with NHS E/I and the Integrated Care System.
We will create a new 2,255 square metre ED unit, which will be built out from our current A&E building, allowing us to convert our existing A&E into a bespoke AAU.
Both areas have been designed in consultation with our nursing and clinical teams to ensure they have the facilities they need to provide the very best care and service, both now and in the future.
Features of the new department include:
- An increased waiting area to cope with demand and social distancing requirements
- A dedicated play area for our younger patients
- More cubicles, which have been designed to enable flexible use, which will help us manage surges in patient numbers and make it easier to meet individual patient needs.
- A dedicated ambulance bay, reducing the time to transfer patients arriving by ambulance into the hospital
If you’ve visited Grimsby Hospital recently, you will see that work is already underway.
As part of the build, we are constructing a new single-storey deck public car park outside the main entrance and have extended the public parking provision around the Family Services building.
The new decked public parking area will not only mean that no parking provision is lost as result of the improvement works we’re carrying out at our Grimsby site but that we can offer modern, sustainable facilities such as charging points for electric vehicles.
When the works have been completed, there will be 33 additional parking spaces available on the site.
Additional staff parking is also being created in the area behind the restaurant and on the site of the former IT building near the Second Avenue entrance to the site.
In addition to this, £40.3 million has been secured from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which will allow us to implement significant energy efficiency measures across our estate, in line with our Green Plan and the national Greener NHS Strategy.
It’s important to us that we’re not only there to treat patients once they become ill but to help prevent them from contracting illnesses and conditions in the first place.
Reducing carbon emissions has significant health benefits, as poor environmental health contributes to a number of major diseases, including cardiac problems, asthma and cancer.
At Grimsby this will be used to install additional solar panels, improved insulation, windows, a Building Management System and LED lighting.
We’ve also invested a further £3.5 million in replacing our fire alarm system and making vital improvements to our water infrastructure, so you may see contractors working in other areas of the site too.
What’s happening now?
Work being carried out this week includes:
- You can now see the steel works for our new Emergency Department rising up from what was the car park and we’re progressing with the work on our new decked car park too.
I’m coming to DPoW – what do I need to know?
- The main car park has now been completely closed to allow work to progress on the new decked car park and Emergency Department building. Alternative public parking is available next the nursery building (turn left
when you come into the site from Scartho Rd) and here are details of the pedestrian access to the main entrance:
- The new free 38 space patient and staff car park is now open on the former Scartho Baths site in Grimsby. This is a park and walk facility, though there is a bus stop just outside the car park and regular buses which come right into the hospital grounds.
- Unfortunately, until the new car park is completed, there will be fewer spaces available for patients and visitors to use.
We appreciate that this will not be possible for some patients but ask that if you are able to use public transport or get dropped off, please do so and give priority to those who don’t have this option available. We also ask that you consider our neighbours and avoid parking on residential streets around the hospital site.
More information on parking is available here.
- If you’re travelling by motorbike, you can park in any of the public car park bays free of charge. Just use the intercom on the barrier and our staff will be happy to lift it for you.
- Buses are still coming into the site at the usual times. However, the bus shelters are now located next to the clock tower.
- A new drop off area has been created next to the nursery building to the left of the Scartho Road entrance to the site and the pedestrian access to the building is clearly signposted. This area is in close proximity to the new ambulance route so please give way to emergency vehicles coming into the site. To help make things easier, we have put together this diagram. The drop off point is on the road opposite the nursery building next to the Scartho Rd entrance to the site. You exit the area by turning right and heading back towards Scartho Rd – giving way to any ambulance traffic.
- Please do not enter the ambulance bay (pictured right) under any circumstances, as it could delay us getting someone vital medical care if an ambulance is held up.
If you have any questions, please get in touch.