Construction update for Emergency Department Plaza extension

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Emergency Department Plaza development – keeping you up to date with our latest improvement to Warrington Hospital

A major new extension of Warrington Hospital’s Emergency Department, which significantly increases patient assessment capacity, has now broken ground on and work is underway.

The £6.3m project will enable one of the North West’s busiest Accident and Emergency centres to continue to manage the rising number of emergency ward admissions. The ground floor of the 1170sqm extension will be exclusively designed for patient care, with hot clinics, assessment areas, triage space, ambulatory care and GP streaming service among the services to be offered in the new space. 

The second floor of the extension will house all staff break areas and administrative equipment that currently takes significant space out of the existing Emergency Department capacity.

The work will be carried out by Tilbury Douglas Construction, specialists in health care construction. The construction project will have a number of phases, with mitigations put in place to minimise disruption to patients, staff and the local community. Noise levels will be monitored regularly, but there will be some occasions when the works may be audible to patients and staff in the existing Emergency Department.

Currently there are no plans to close the internal site road that runs parallel to the existing Emergency Department, but if circumstances require a closure that will be communicated in detail to patients, staff and the local community. Ambulance access to the site will not be affected.

The main entrance to the orthopaedics unit will be closed during construction, but visiting patients and staff will be able to access the unit through the Burtonwood Wing Entrance.

Although we will ensure any changes to the project are communicated through our social channels, we suggest you regularly visit this page for up to date information.
 

18 November 2021 - update

Over the weekend of 20/21 November, contractors will be demolishing the existing canopy at the old orthopaedic entrance adjacent to the CAU building at Appleton Wing. Although the work will only take two days and not impact on normal weekday operations, staff and patients attending CAU may experience some noise over the weekend.

Piling to support the new extension will start on 6 December 2021 and will take several (days, weeks) to complete. The windows in the Appleton Wing corridor adjacent to the work site have already been infilled, so noise disruption during piling operations will be minimised but not completely mitigated. 

Prior to the piling starting, all hospital estate road service realignments will be completed. The resulting road layout allows single direction of traffic from the rear of the Warrington Hospital site to the Emergency Department main entrance, and the two way access from the Lovely Lane entrance through to the ED entrance is unhindered and as previously for all staff, patients and ambulance services.