Emergency department redevelopment

27 November 2014

The £25 million redevelopment of the emergency department (ED) at the Royal Free Hospital is due to begin on 1 December 2014.

The redevelopment will include a new 23-hour assessment unit as well as a rapid assessment and treatment area, a larger resuscitation area and a diagnostic hub, which includes x-ray and CT scanning services. The plans also include the redevelopment of the urgent care centre and the provision of a dedicated paediatric emergency department.

The current ED was built to care for up to 60,000 patients a year and currently treats more than 90,000 patients every year. The new facility, which is designed to support the delivery of world class care to our patients, will ensure the emergency department is fit for purpose. Planning permission has been granted by Camden Council.

The ED will remain fully functional throughout the construction period and the works will take place in a number of phases. The first phase of the construction work will begin on 1 December 2014 and the project is due to be completed in 2017.

Further news about the redevelopment of the ED will be posted at royalfree.nhs.uk/ed so please continue to look out for updates.