Work on £2.5million expansion of Darent Valley Hospital A&E gets underway

The current main reception at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford.

The current main reception at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford.

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A HUGE £2.5million revamp of the A&E unit at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford is starting this week.

Hoarding is set to go up in the next two days and patients will have to use a temporary reception area while to works are underway.

It is hoped the work will be completed by Christmas at the Darenth Wood Road facility.

Andrew Simpson, who has been project manager for the Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust for nine months and has 30 years of experience, says it will give patients a 'calmer and peaceful' experience of the A&E department.

Mr Simpson, who has worked in Europe and the Middle East heading up big projects, said: "This is very good news for Darent Valley.

"We currently have 40 seats and once the refurbishment is done it will go up to 73.

"We have also taken lots of care to ensure the design of the seats is quite considerate because we know that when you come in with an accident who may not want to be sitting directly opposite someone else in the waiting area.

"The improvements shouldn't be too disruptive to patients on an everyday basis.

"We have had to be careful that the work is done around our patients and doesn't cause them an annoyance."

As well as the number of seats in the waiting area increasing there will also be a newly designed triage suite where people will be looked at and a new assessment unit for the elderly.

Mr Simpson added: "It is sometimes difficult to tell with elderly people straight away what kind of care they need when they first come into A&E.

"So that is why we want to create this extra area where we can look at elderly people in a separate place to decide what care they need.

"The whole project is going to be a big benefit to the hospital and patients."

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8:10pm Wed 5 Feb 14

cherithporter says...

Not another extension? I thought that they had the extension done in 2011 to cater for patients who would normally attend Queen Mary's Hospital A&E because the A&E there is now closed.

What are they trying to do now?
Not another extension? I thought that they had the extension done in 2011 to cater for patients who would normally attend Queen Mary's Hospital A&E because the A&E there is now closed. What are they trying to do now? cherithporter
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10:25pm Wed 5 Feb 14

cherished says...

I find parking a massive issue, can they do something about that? I was told that people now park in Bluewater and get to hospital using park and ride.
I find parking a massive issue, can they do something about that? I was told that people now park in Bluewater and get to hospital using park and ride. cherished
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12:13pm Fri 7 Feb 14

cherithporter says...

They should build a multi-storey car park like they have at the Medway Maritime Hospital.

This would significantly reduce waiting times for parking.
They should build a multi-storey car park like they have at the Medway Maritime Hospital. This would significantly reduce waiting times for parking. cherithporter
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2:04am Tue 18 Feb 14

batey says...

They should think more about improving the service of the staff in a&e. They spend more time standing around the main desk chatting (too loudly about some of the patients) than doing what they get paid for...caring etc! Daren't vally hospital? More like death vally hospital!
They should think more about improving the service of the staff in a&e. They spend more time standing around the main desk chatting (too loudly about some of the patients) than doing what they get paid for...caring etc! Daren't vally hospital? More like death vally hospital! batey
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