Swindon MPs visit new Swindon A&E site

By Barrie Hudson - 5 February 2024

  • Sir Robert Buckland, centre, and Justin Tomlinson, second from right, toured the site

    Sir Robert Buckland, centre, and Justin Tomlinson, second from right, toured the site

North Swindon MPs Justin Tomlinson and South Swindon counterpart Sir Robert Buckland visited the site of the new £31 million Emergency Department at Great Western Hospital.

The new department is currently under construction, and the project represents the biggest single investment into the hospital, with £26m from the Government and £5.4m from the hospital trust.

Heath chiefs say the expansion of the Emergency Department comes in addition to the new Urgent Treatment Centre and the new Radiotherapy Centre. 

The new ED will include assessment units and provide a more joined up urgent and emergency care service, which will help to improve capacity throughout the hospital. 

The state-of-the-art building will include a new Children’s Emergency Department, links to different departments and the new Urgent Treatment Centre, almost triple the number of ambulance bays, dedicated spaces for those experiencing mental health issues and state of the art technology to improve patient care.

It will provide additional capacity and the co-location of services are intended to ensure a more rapid discharge for patients, and quicker handover times for the ambulance, as well as increasing capacity across the hospital. 

The MPs met with the new interim Chief Executive at the hospital, Dr Jon Westbrook, who provided a tour of the site as well as an opportunity for a round table discussion. 

Ambitious future expansion plans were also discussed, including the development of a sterile services unit, staff and student accommodation, a rehabilitation facility, and a private patient’s unit, all on land surrounding the hospital. 

Mr Tomlinson said: “Robert and I are really pleased to have played our part in lobbying the Government for this significant investment into our hospital. 

"A big thank you to Jon Westbrook, Acting Chief Executive Officer, for meeting with us today and showing us the ongoing projects. These plans will make a real difference to local patients and all of us who use the GWH.”

Sir Robert said: “The new A&E Department will also mean a release of more space for other facilities within the hospital site. That's because of Conservative government investment of £26m, which is the biggest single investment in the hospital's history, and it is going to be open later this year.  

"This comes on top of the £18.4m government investment in the new Radiotherapy Centre at the GWH site. I'm proud to have campaigned to make this happen along with Justin Tomlinson MP.  Thanks to the Conservative government, GWH is being transformed."

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