The combined A&E and Urgent Care Centre were commissioned by Hillingdon’s Clinical Commissioning Group in 2013 to accommodate up to 350 patients per day. The department now sees an average of 450 per day and numbers can peak at over 500, officials said.
The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said in a statement: “The department recognises that Hillingdon’s current A&E footprint is too small for the volume of patients it sees. The restricted space hinders the speed with which patients can be treated and makes it extremely difficult to meet the four-hour waiting time target.”
Chris Knight, Capital Projects Manager at The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Everything is on track and it’s very exciting, because this is the solution that gives us the extra capacity we really need in A&E Majors.”
The Urgent Care Centre is being overhauled as part of the plans. It will be renamed the Urgent Treatment Centre.
As of Friday, the stripping out of the former UCC was completed, and piped and electrical services were being installed by contractors.
The new A&E Majors unit will provide four cubicles, two side rooms, a consulting room and a mental health room. This phase of the work is scheduled to end in November.
It is part of a bigger expansion which includes adding a new building within the existing hospital footprint on Pield Heath Road. Planning permission for the scheme was granted by Hillingdon Council in the spring.
The current Fracture Clinic space, alongside the new extension, will be reconfigured to accommodate both the UCC – renamed the Urgent Treatment Centre - and the Fracture Clinic.
The work will cost more than £2 million. The bulk of the money (£1.5 million) was secured following a successful Trust bid to the Department of Health and Social Care last year.