Musgrove Park Hospital

Musgrove Park Hospital, a part of Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, has completed the £2.9m expansion of its emergency department.

The new emergency department commenced operations on 19 December 2013.

Expansion work on the unit began in April 2013 and involved the addition of four major treatment bays, three ambulance handover bays, and an additional resuscitation bay.

The four additional major treatment bays will enable the team to help those most critically ill or injured. The three ambulance handover bays and additional resuscitation bay will help care for the growing number of trauma patients.

Musgrove Park Hospital has expanded the unit in order to meet the increased demand for emergency services and high-quality emergency care in the region.

The hospital funded the project through its Capital Programme (using surpluses generated through savings) and in part through money provided by the former NHS Somerset Primary Care Trust.

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The expansion project also received a £422,000 donation from League of Friends, which the hospital used to purchase all the medical equipment located in the new bays.

"The numbers of people visiting our emergency department has been rapidly increasing over the years, and so the additional treatment bays will really help us to cope with demand."

Musgrove Park Hospital emergency department consultant Dr Jon Tipping noted that the new facilities mean the hospital is now better equipped to treat the increasing number of seriously ill or injured people visiting the unit.

"The numbers of people visiting our emergency department has been rapidly increasing over the years, and so the additional treatment bays will really help us to cope with demand.

"We are very grateful to the League of Friends for their kind donation. It means that we now have access to the best equipment possible to treat our patients.

As we head towards the Christmas and New Year holiday period it is important that people think sensibly about which health services they need and only attend the emergency department if they have a genuine emergency or injury," Dr Tipping added.

Musgrove Park Hospital has over 700 beds, 30 wards, 15 operating theatres, an intensive care and high dependency unit, a medical admissions unit, a fully equipped diagnostic imaging department and a purpose-built cancer treatment centre which includes outpatient, chemotherapy day care, radiotherapy and inpatient facilities.

Image: Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, Somerset. Photo courtesy of Nick Chipchase.