Improvements coming to Bassetlaw Emergency Department

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) are advising local people to use urgent services wisely throughout January as works get under way to improve the way Bassetlaw residents access the Emergency Department.

Revising the way patients book into the service, the Trust will be substantially investing in the Emergency Department, creating a number of new rooms and enhancing the current  ‘patient-streaming’ system.

When people attend the Emergency Department, they are currently seen by a trained clinician who performs a short examination to understand what treatment and care the patient needs. At present, this is currently done within the reception waiting area, something which will be improved as three triaging rooms will be created, providing a dedicated space for these initial observations, as well as privacy and dignity for those under observation.

David Purdue, Chief Operating Officer at DBTH, said: “Over the next few weeks, visitors to the Emergency Department will notice some building works and we want to thank people in advance for their patience during this time. By refreshing this area, we are hoping to offer an improved service for the people of Bassetlaw, investing in this crucial service to ensure it is the best it can be for local people when they need it most.”

As part of this investment, the Emergency Department will also see the creation  of three further rooms, one for consultants and another for Health Care Assistants to carry out observation checks. The other will be fitted for flexible use, meaning it can be repurposed as needed when the service becomes busy.

The work will start week commencing 8 January and is expected to be completed by the end of March. Patient care will remain unaffected, however during this time, doctors are urging local people to use the service wisely, only using the Emergency Department when it’s just that – an emergency.