Main entrance relocated at QE

Posted on Fri, 04/01/2013

THE next stage of work on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s new emergency care centre will see the main entrance close for two years.

The main entrance in to the Gateshead hospital now will be through the outpatients department.

Ian Renwick, Chief Executive at the QE, said: “We have been informing patients with their appointment letters of some of the changes that are going on at the QE whilst we build this fantastic new centre. I do apologise to patients, visitors and carers for any disruption they may face when visiting the QE.

“Whilst our reception desk will be temporarily relocated within our outpatients department, other services which our patients are used to seeing at the QE main entrance will remain. This includes our pharmacy, our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS), our cashiers’ desk and the WH Smith shop. Access to these services will be through our outpatients department and there will be signage throughout the area to try and make things as easy as possible for people.”

And to help further with the changes, some of our main out patient clinics are moving to a temporary facility called the Windy Nook outpatients department. Patients whose appointments are taking place in the new department have been advised by letter. Anyone attending an appointment at the Windy Nook outpatients department (located in between the original hospital building at the Windy Nook entrance) should use the Windy Nook car park, located at entrance C to the hospital and NOT use the main outpatients’ entrance.

The new £32m Emergency Care Centre will provide a single service for the people of Gateshead and the surrounding area when they have a medical emergency, including a specific unit for the treatment of children. It will also include accident and emergency facilities including a walk in type facility, a 35 bed short stay unit (all single rooms with en suite facilities) and specialist diagnostic equipment to help doctors and nurses diagnose and treat patients’ problems more quickly.

As part of ensuring good access for patients and visitors to park, a temporary park and ride scheme off site has been
established for almost 400 staff vehicles.

Further information about the Emergency Care Centre is available here

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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