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The final phase of refurbishment work to improve patient care at the John Radcliffe Hospital’s Emergency Department has begun.

Work on the Majors area at the Oxford hospital, run by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, began today (Monday 21 September 2020) and is due to be completed in December 2020.

Patients who are seriously ill but not in a life-threatening condition are treated in the Majors area.

The renovation work will:

  • Create five new assessment bays and three new assessment rooms
  • Provide an upgraded staff base
  • Create additional storage areas
  • Improve the use of space
  • Provide a better working environment for staff
  • Improve patient experience

The final phase of the project has been boosted by a recent investment of £950,000, funded by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), which supplements the recently completed Emergency Department expansion, a new CT scanner, and renovation of the Children’s Emergency Department.

Dr Bruno Holthof, Chief Executive Officer at the Trust, said: “With work beginning on the final phase, we are moving a step closer to the completion of this exciting project.

“The renovation of the Majors area in the John Radcliffe Hospital’s Emergency Department, in addition to the other work as part of the broader project, will help us continue to deliver high-quality care to patients in Oxfordshire and beyond.”

Sachin Mandalia, Clinical Lead for the Emergency Department, said: “This final phase will significantly improve our patients’ experience in the Majors area of the Emergency Department, and provide a much better working environment for staff.

“Our new extension, which opened last month, is now fully operational and we are already seeing significant benefits for patients and staff.

“During this long upgrade project, staff have shown over and again just how talented they are. They have continued to provide world class treatment for patients with all the building work going on around them, and have handled the challenges beautifully. They are an exceptional team.”

DHSC funding to help prepare for winter has also been made available to increase same-day emergency care capacity at the John Radcliffe.

In addition to the work at the John Radcliffe, £750,000 from the DHSC will be spent to expand the Majors area and separate paediatric and adult spaces at the Horton General Hospital’s Emergency Department. This will include the creation of four additional cubicles through the re-location and re-provision of staff offices.

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