Princess Alexandra Hospital: New unit at Harlow hospital to ease Covid-19 pressure
A new facility to support the health and wellbeing of patients has opened at Princess Alexandra Hospital.
The adult assessment unit, which opened on Saturday (January 16), is a two-storey extension next to the emergency department (ED) at the front of the Harlow hospital and next to Charnley Ward.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, it will initially be used as an in-patient ward for patients without the virus, with "an efficient layout and agile use of space" to support social distancing.
Later it will be a dedicated space to see patients for rapid assessment and treatment for a variety of illnesses and injuries, helping to avoid unnecessary admission to hospital and ensure a shorter stay for those who need a bed.
This will improve facilities available ahead of completion of a new hospital to serve the 350,000 people living in West Essex and East Hertfordshire, centred on the M11 corridor and the towns of Bishop's Stortford, Harlow and Epping.
Stephanie Lawton, the PAH NHS Trust's chief operating officer, said: "Opening the adult assessment unit is a fantastic milestone in our ongoing work to continually improve patient experience.
"Initially, the space will provide an additional facility for us to care for patients who do not have Covid-19, releasing capacity across other areas of the hospital.
"Thank you to all of the teams who have been involved in this extremely important project."