Greg attended the official opening for two new emergency facilities at Tunbridge Wells Hospital today, marking the latest expansion to the hospital which first opened in 2011 - three years after Greg successfully secured the last funding for a new hospital before the 2008 financial crash.
The event, also attended by MP for Chatham and Aylesford, Tracey Crouch and MP for Tonbridge and Malling, Tom Tugendhat, saw the official opening of the new Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU), located in a new modular building next to the Emergency Department (ED) at Tunbridge Wells Hospital.
The SAU is open seven days a week and sees patients who have been referred by their GP or ED because a surgeon is required to assess their condition and treatment.
Inside, the unit houses a waiting area, a clinic room, and a procedure room complete with an ultrasound machine.
During the visit, the MPs were also shown around the new Children’s Emergency Department which opened last month at Tunbridge Wells Hospital, linking in directly with the current main ED and increasing capacity for the Trust’s most urgent patients.
The new ED provides a child friendly environment with facilities for parents, carers and children alongside separate red and green triage rooms to support infection prevention and control protocols. The unit also houses two high dependency rooms, seven examination cubicles and a minor injuries room alongside other services.
Chief Executive for MTW, Miles Scott, said: “Developing our infrastructure to ensure everyone who comes to our hospitals is able to get the quickest access to treatment is our key priority and we’re really pleased to open these new facilities to help increase our capacity to some of our most in need patients."