Kettering General Hospital is putting in place a new extension to its A&E department to improve urgent care facilities.
But the work will lead to some temporary changes to traffic flow into the hospital on Saturday (April 2) and Sunday (April 3) to enable a new building to be lifted by a crane into place adjoining the existing A&E department.
The new building will provide a state-of-the-art “majors” department with 13 bays for patients with complex medical and surgical needs.
It will be linked to the adjoining A&E department by a covered corridor.
This will allow the existing A&E department to be remodelled to improve care for other urgent care patients.
It will include opening a new 10-bay clinical decisions unit focused on enabling people to be discharged home as early as possible.
Kettering General Hospital’s chief operating officer Rebecca Brown said: “This is a much needed expansion to Kettering General Hospital’s A&E department which will help to improve patient care and the patient experience.
“Our current A&E department was designed 20 years ago for 40,000 patients per year but now sees more than double that - 82,000 patients per year
“While we have long term plans for an urgent care hub on our site in the short term we need to improve and modernise our existing urgent care arrangements and this is one of the ways we will do that.
“The new arrangements – which should be fully operational by early May – will help us to improve flow through the hospital and reduce unnecessary waiting.
“There will also be a strong focus on doing everything we can to enable patients to be discharged home in a timely way where this is appropriate.
“Overall the remodelled A&E department should help us to better cope with demand for urgent care and provide a better environment for both patients and for our hard working staff.”
To enable the installation of the new building the hospital trust needs to put in place some traffic arrangements to ensure there is good access for ambulances to get to the A&E department – which will remain open.
These measures will be implemented from 6pm on Saturday to 6pm on Sunday.
The existing main entrance to the site off Rothwell Road (entrance two) will be closed to general traffic and will only be available to emergency vehicles.
The alternative access to the site (entrance one) will instead be used.
This is the entrance off the Telford Way industrial estate roundabout adjacent to the ambulance station.
There will be signs in place to direct traffic this way.
During the works there will also be disruption to temporary pick-up and drop-off - and some disabled bays – at the front of the hospital site.
The trust has apologised for any inconvenience this will cause.
But it plans to reinstate disabled spaces as close as possible to the front entrance following the works.
APCOA, the firm which runs the car park, will put in place appropriate traffic management arrangements while the work is under way.