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.
Our new £17.9 million Grimsby Emergency Department opened on Wednesday, October 5, providing us with modern, well-equipped facilities, that are twice the size of our old department.
The 2,255m² building was designed in conjunction with our clinical teams, to create a bespoke space that’s purpose built to meet the needs of our communities both now and in the future.
- 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
Senior Responsible Officer for the project and Director of Estates and Facilities, Jug Johal, oversaw the project.
He said: “Our number one priority will always be to give you the best possible care, and this new unit will give our teams the space, facilities, and equipment they need to provide this.
“It looks absolutely fantastic, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in the project. I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved.
“It’s also important to remember that this is just phase one of a larger programme of works.
“We’re now transforming what was our Emergency Department into bespoke units that will work in conjunction with our new Emergency Department, so that you get the right care, from the right clinician more quickly.
“This area will become a new bespoke unit to house our Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC), and Acute Assessment Units.
“It is not always necessary for some patients to go into the Emergency Department at all, as we can potentially direct you straight to one of these areas.
“Having these areas co-located with our Emergency Department will make a huge difference, as it will help us to ensure you are seen by the best clinician for your needs more quickly.”
More to come
The new unit will be staffed by expert clinicians in a wide variety of disciplines.
This will allow us to diagnose you more quickly and get you on the right course of treatment, without necessarily having to admit you to a ward first in order to access this expertise.
In turn, this will assist us in reducing the number of people we admit and the amount of time you’re likely to spend in hospital but you’ll still receive excellent standards of care.
As part of the project we’ve built a single-storey decked car park outside the main entrance, which opened in February 2022.
We’ve also extended the public car park around the Family Services building.
Additional staff parking has also been created behind the restaurant and on the former IT building near the Second Avenue entrance to the site.
We have also invested a further £3.5 million in replacing our fire alarm system and making vital improvements to our water infrastructure.
What’s happening now
The transformation of our old Emergency Department is well underway.
The demolition phase is now a distant memory, new walls are in place and we’re even starting to see some of the first decorating getting done.
We are also continuing work on the new main entrance and link between the main hospital and new Emergency Department.
I’m coming to Grimsby Hospital – what do I need to know?
We now have two separate drop off points, one for the Emergency Department and one for the main hospital.
The access route to the main car park has also changed.
You can get all the latest information on parking here
Buses are still coming into the site at the usual times and stop next to the clock tower.
If you don’t have an issue getting around, why not take advantage of our FREE car park on the former Scartho Baths site off Scartho Road? It’s just a short walk away or, if you’d rather, there’s a bus stop right outside where you can hop on a bus straight into the hospital grounds.