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Extra space for patients thanks to £1.2 million building at Southend Hospital

Southend outpatients construction

A new two storey building is to be home to an expanded outpatients service at Southend Hospital, helping speed up patient care.

Fourteen modules have been craned into position to create the new building.

When the £1.2 million building opens in May, it will feature 14 consulting rooms, a waiting area and seven offices, providing extra outpatient space to that already in place at the hospital.

This means the outpatients team will be able to increase the number of patients they see who need an appointment for treatment, diagnosis, or a procedure, but don’t need to stop in hospital overnight. All of which will help reduce waiting times.

Yvonne Blucher, managing director of Southend Hospital, said: “We have a huge demand for extra outpatient space, and this new area will help meet that. As well as providing a better service to patients, they will also be getting their care in a much nicer, more welcoming area.”

Initially the space will be used for trauma and orthopaedics patients, but it will be a dedicated multi-purpose space for all outpatient specialties.

The new outpatients’ building is just one of several new build and expansion projects at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust to help improve patient facilities across sites.

Together, they will allow more patients to be seen more quickly, making a huge difference to both patients and the staff delivering their care.

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