We’re celebrating again today as full planning permission has now been granted for our new Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital Emergency Department by North East Lincolnshire Council.
The news comes in the same week that planning permission was approved for a similar scheme at our hospital in Scunthorpe.
The developments on both sites will include new Accident and Emergency departments, complemented by bespoke Acute Assessment Units (AAU).
These new AAU will be staffed by specialists in a range of conditions and illnesses, allowing patients to be seen and treated more quickly, often without the need to be admitted to a ward.
Our number one priority is to give patients the best possible care and these works will give our staff the space, equipment and facilities they need to do that.
To ensure we got this right, we have worked closely with clinical colleagues throughout the design process.
Built out from our existing Accident and Emergency Department in Grimsby, 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
And you can take a (virtual) guided tour of the building with our architect Tom Potter.
Director of Estates and Facilities, Jug Johal, the Senior Responsible Officer, said: “I’m delighted that we have now got over this final hurdle in the planning stages of the programme and work can start in earnest to bring these new facilities online.
“Our number one priority is to give you the best possible care and these works will give us the space, equipment and facilities we need to do that, as well as reducing waiting times in A&E and making faster diagnosis by directing patients to specialist clinicians more quickly.
“This is hugely important to us and, to ensure we get this right, we have worked closely with clinical colleagues throughout the design process.”
As part of the Grimsby project, a new single-storey decked public car parking area will also be constructed.
Sitting directly in front of the main entrance to the hospital, the new car park will have 122 spaces available on the ground floor and 112 on the upper floor.
To ensure your safety, the western half of the current public car park has now been closed to allow construction to take place but alternative parking is being created around our Family Services building and should be ready for use in the next week.
Mr Johal, added: “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.
“Unfortunately, until then, there will be fewer spaces available for patients and visitors to use and, as a temporary measure, we are encouraging all those who are able to make alternative transport arrangements to do so.
“I appreciate that this will not be possible for some patients but ask that those who are able to use public transport or get dropped off give priority to those who don’t have this option available.
“I would also ask that you consider our neighbours and avoid parking on residential streets around the hospital site.”
If you have any queries about the scheme or parking on our Grimsby site, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.