St John’s A&E refurb plans get go ahead

Emergency care will continue ‘uninterrupted’ during £4m project

Thursday 23rd May 2019

An ‘ambitious’ £4m plan to transform the emergency department at the St John’s hospital in Livingston has today been approved by NHS Lothian and West Lothian Integration Joint Board (IJB).

Health leaders say the expansion programme is needed as demand on A&E at the hospital, which deals with as many as 200 patients a day, has increased by 17% in the past decade.

A&E services will continue ‘uninterrupted’ while work is underway this summer.

More assessment space and treatment bays, an improved waiting area and a dedicated minor injuries unit are among the improvements in the new project.

The chief executive of NHS Lothian, Tim Davison, said the department needed to be scaled up to keep pace with West Lothian’s rising population, which is predicted to increase by another 10,000 over the next 20 years.

Mr Davison said: “Population growth in West Lothian is significant as it is an attractive place to live and work. Add to this the fact that people are living longer, and it is not difficult to understand why we are seeing more people than ever attend the emergency department.

"It is vital that our services keep pace with that rising demand and are fit for the future.

“This development is a really positive example of collaborative working between NHS Lothian and West Lothian IJB, which is now the strategic planning body for unscheduled care across the hospital, primary, community and social care system.

“These purpose-built facilities will create an excellent environment for patients and ensure they have fast access to the most appropriate care. Redesign will also create a dynamic workplace for staff that offers more opportunities for professional development and training.”

Construction at St John’s forms part of NHS Lothian’s efforts to improve emergency and urgent care services for the 800,000 people it serves, including a new minor injuries unit at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.