BOSSES at the Dudley Group have announced that they have secured £16.9 million to transform resus facilities in the emergency department.

The funding will see a new state-of-the-art facility enhanced resuscitation space that created with the aim of revolutionising the care given in the emergency department at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley.

The redevelopment will include additional resuscitation facilities with a dedicated paediatric area and isolation rooms to provide appropriate safe care in the event of future pandemics or outbreaks.

The department will also have new technology and equipment including a digital medicine system to improve the storing, usage and prescribing of drugs to patients.

Stourbridge News: Emergency department entrance at Russells Hall HospitalEmergency department entrance at Russells Hall Hospital (Image: Google Street View)

Diane Wake, chief executive of the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust which runs Russells Hall Hospital, said, “The news that we have been successful in our bid to redevelop our emergency resus department has been a huge moment for us here at Dudley.

“This will have huge benefits not only for our patients and the Black Country community, but also for our staff by improving the facilities.

“We know that by having an environment fit for purpose we will deliver an improved patient experience.”

Dr Ahmed Ismail, consultant and clinical director of urgent and acute services, said: “I’m incredibly proud to be a part of this redevelopment opportunity. It’s going to have a huge impact, with advanced equipment optimised to enhance the way we treat our patients - our trust truly needs and deserves this.

“We can also maximise support for our staff with opportunities to have training areas and most importantly give them a confidence and morale boost with a state-of-the-art environment.”

Building work is set to start in 2024, with a target completion date of spring 2025.

Any disruption to the emergency department will be kept to a minimum throughout the process, hospital bosses have stated.