Scunthorpe General Hospital and Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby, UK are set to receive new accident and emergency (A&E) departments.

Subject to planning permission and consultation, the new departments are expected to open in 2022. The new facilities will be supported by the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) funding.

At Scunthorpe, a new department will be constructed on the site that is currently used as a car park at the Cliff Gardens side of the hospital.

Meanwhile, the existing emergency department in Grimsby will be upgraded and also extended at the front.

Each emergency department will be connected to purpose-built acute assessment units (AAUs) to improve patient care and flow through the hospitals.

The DHSC has agreed to provide £8m for the projects. In November last year, a strategic outline case (SOC) was submitted to NHS England/Improvement seeking £24.8m in capital funding for the two new AAUs.

This SOC is approved in principle subject to submission of a business case.

Furthermore, work is being carried out at Grimsby hospital to open a new CT building, which is expected to be ready for accepting patients in January next year.

Construction is also underway for a new purpose-built MRI suite, which is set to include two new MRI scanners. The suite is expected to open in April next year.

At Scunthorpe hospital, plans are to extend the current Blue Sky Imaging Suite, which will also see a new MRI scanner.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Peter Reading said: “This investment in our emergency care services will completely transform the environment for our patients and staff.

“Alongside the investment and building work we have done, and are now doing, to house new scanners, this cash is a game changer for our emergency care services.”

Last month, Interserve Construction was selected to start development work on Walsall Manor Hospital’s new £36m worth Emergency Department and Acute Medical Unit in the UK.