QA has put forward a proposal for redevelopment of their emergency floor, which would aim to be open by February 2021, delivering improved urgent care for Portsmouth and South East Hampshire.
The projected cost of the scheme, at £58.2million is significant but is vital to securing a long term solution for the overstretched service.
After a discussion with Mark Cubbon, the Chief Exec of the hospital in January, I suggested that they bid into the STP Capital scheme which the Department of Health & Social Care had announced. The bid was submitted in early September 2018 and I have both written to and spoken with the Minister of State for Health, Steve Barclay MP, to highlight the importance of this bid.
There would be a single point of access for all adult emergencies at QA, and a modern, fit for purpose facility for high quality care. In doing so it will improve patient safety, as well as ensuring the hospital delivers effective and efficient clinical practices; whilst also reducing admissions rates and confusion.