Aintree University Hospital £20m plan given go-ahead

Artist impression of the new A&E Department at Aintree University Hospital
Image caption The build will see 24 beds added to critical care and "see and treat" rooms in accident and emergency

A Liverpool hospital will begin work on four departments after being granted planning permission for a £20m project.

Liverpool City Council passed Aintree University Hospital's plans for the new accident and emergency, critical care, cardiology and fracture clinic departments on Tuesday.

Chief executive Catherine Beardshaw said the build would ensure it could provide "the best quality care".

The work is expected to take around two years to complete.

The new facilities will see an extra 24 beds in critical care and the introduction of "see and treat" rooms to the accident and emergency department to improve the flow of patients through the hospital.

The fracture clinic and the cardiology department will both be improved to allow easier patient access.

Ms Beardshaw said the building work would cause some "inevitable" disruption, but hoped patients would understand that the improvements would "be well worth it".

The project will be entirely funded by the Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

It will be the latest part of a long-term project which has already seen a new elective care centre, physiotherapy department, diabetes centre and therapies centre and the refurbishment of the radiology department.

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