Local MPs, GPs, and colleagues from our partner mental health trust gathered with emergency department staff at North Mid today to celebrate the formal opening of our refurbished A&E and our new facility for A&E patients who need mental health support, Horizon.
The ribbon-cutting marked the culmination of more than a year of transformation in our A&E, which started with the A&E team introducing a new clinical model in February 2018.
A three-month major rebuilding programme at the end of the calendar year saw the redesign of the physical departmental layout around the clinical model, making it easier for staff to work in the new way that involves multiple assessments operating in parallel.
And the installation of giant-sized photographic artwork in the new mental health facility Horizon earlier this month, which aims to provide a calm and supportive environment for A&E patients who need mental health support, was the final piece of the major project’s jigsaw.
Local MPs Kate Osamor, Joan Ryan and Catherine West joined staff from North Mid to help cut the ribbon, including Trust Chief Executive Maria Kane and Chairman Dr Peter Carter OBE.
Colleagues from London Ambulance Service, Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust, local CCGs and Healthwatch Enfield were also on hand to help celebrate the formal opening.
Chief Executive of North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, Maria Kane, said:
“I am delighted to mark the formal opening of our refurbished A&E and our new Horizon facility, and equally pleased to see so many staff and partners from across the health and care system and local community here to support it.
“We are a busy hospital, with one of the busiest A&Es in London, and our staff have been amazing throughout the entire project, keeping everything going and being so flexible. We know North Mid is a big focal point for our local communities, and we are proud to have the support of so many community representatives as we continue our improvements.”
She went on to thank all the attendees for taking time to stop by to mark the successful delivery of the complex project, including project manager Chris Kelly, and Bill Lawson representing Komfort Services, who provided the main team of contractors working on the build.