University Hospital Coventry granted £15 million to expand A&E department

The funding will be used to install buy an additional CT scanner, install more treatment cubicles, expand the waiting room and more.

Entrance to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire

One of the busiest Emergency Departments in the country has been granted £15 million from the Government to increase its capacity and enhance patient care.

The A&E department at University Hospital in Coventry welcomes around 150,000 patients every year and serves a catchment area of more than a million people.

Patient numbers have increase from 117,282 in 2010 to 152,284 in 2019 – a rise of 29.8%.

An initial cash injection of £3 million was announced by the Government this week, with a written guarantee provided for the remaining funds.

The funding will contribute towards expanding the Emergency Department, including a new Minor Illness and Injuries Unit.

Funding will also be used to install additional treatment cubicles, expand the waiting room in the Children’s Emergency Department and increasing the level of same-day emergency care.

An additional CT scanner will be purchased by the hospital to support diagnostic capacity and reduce wait times for patients.

The announcement has been welcomed by University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, which manages the hospital.

Professor Kiran Patel, Interim CEO of the Trust, said he was “very proud” of the “safe, high quality care” the Emergency Departments provides to those most in need.

“This welcome and much-needed investment means we can future proof our services and further improve how patients are assessed and treated within our Emergency Department to improve the patient experience”, he added.

The project is to be delivered in a phase approach which will allow for minimal impact on patient care, with a timescale to be confirmed.