Health chiefs have extended the accident and emergency department at Doncaster Royal Infirmary in a bid to reduce pressure on over-stretched services.
The new clinical decision unit opened on February 11 following a major redevelopment that has transformed the previous four-bedded unit into a 15-bed facility.
Hospital bosses say the unit will play a critical role in reducing pressure on the emergency team by providing a more appropriate setting to care for adult patients who are not suitable for discharge but do not need to be admitted to an inpatient ward.
Dr Asim Habib, consultant lead for the unit, said: “We are very pleased to have this new unit which will allow us to care for patients, with specific but common medical and social issues, who might previously have spent many hours in the main emergency department in much improved surroundings.
“Some patients attending the emergency department require a period of observation.
“For example after a minor head injury or we may need to carry out mobility assessments and diagnostic tests to reach a sound clinical decision.
“All these things take time and the clinical decision unit provides an appropriate environment for these patients until their assessments are completed or safe discharge is decided.”
The unit is designed with bright, contemporary surroundings and comprises of 15 beds within five single sex bays.
Each bedded bay has en-suite facilities, phone and computer access for staff and patients.
There is a kitchen and a main seated area with a flat screen TV provides added comfort for long stay patients.
Staff are able to access and input timely and live data from within the bedded areas to ensure increased patient safety.