Kettering General Hospital is to extend its A&E department.
It’s hoped the move will help ease pressure as a result of the ongoing unprecedented demand on services.
It’ll be lifted into place over the weekend.
Officials say there’ll be some temporary changes to traffic flow into the hospital on Saturday and Sunday (April 2-3), to enable the new building to be hoisted by a crane into place adjoining the existing A&E department.
The new building will provide a state-of-the-art majors department with 13 bays for patients with complex medical and surgical needs.
It will be linked to the adjoining A&E department by a covered corridor.
(Picture shows the footprint where the new building will go and in the background the partially constructed link corridor and current entrance to the A&E department.)
Meanwhile, the chief executive of Northampton General Hospital says they need an extra 60 beds to try and ease the ongoing pressure on resources.
Doctor Sonia Swart says they can’t continue to run with all their acute beds full.
She also says the investment would create two more wards and help them become more efficient.