The Emergency Department (ED) is the “front door” of the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
It is designed to provide one access point for all emergency patients who require the facilities of a District General Hospital.
The department incorporates an Emergency admissions Unit (EAU).
The Emergency Department operates 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, providing emergency care to over 78000 patients per year and covers a wide geographical area, including parts of Essex, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
Our department deals solely with emergency presentations, patients may be referred by their GP’s or self present or are brought in by ambulance.
We are committed to seeing, treating, discharging or admitting patients in a timely manner.
Patients are streamed according to the severity of their injury/illness into one of five areas within the department i.e: resuscitation, high dependency, low dependency, minor injuries or paediatrics. Patients may also be directed to alternative providers of care.
Our courteous and sympathetic nursing staff are highly skilled and the majority have extended their role to facilitate a smooth journey for patients attending A&E.
These additional skills include requesting xrays, blood tests and cannulation, as well as the specialist skills one would expect of trauma management, advanced life support for adults and children and care of the bereaved.