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getting to grips with what they are doing," she said. At the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, a new observation unit is set to be opened in March to boost the capacity of A after the NHS trust received 3.9m from the government to cope with winter pressures. Extra senior doctors have also been hired to improve emergency cover at night time.
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A spokesman added that capacity at the James Paget University Hospital was also being boosted at A Hospital chiefs pledged to invest 1.4m this year to expand the department to improve ambulance handover times. Up to 30 patients a day will be treated at a new Clinical Decision Unit at the West Suffolk Hospital, which is set to be open next month to help cope with demand.
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A spokesman for the hospital said: "Within the hospital, we have been carrying out a major piece of work to improve the flow of patients from admission to discharge. We are also extending our emergency assessment areas for short stay patients, and will open a new clinical decision unit in December."
said the hospital was better prepared this winter. She added that only one ambulance had waited more than an hour outside A since the IAU was established in June, despite a 20pc increase in ambulance arrivals and 7pc overall increase in attendances in the first half of 2013/14. Mrs Dugdale said the hospital was working closely with Clinical Commissioning Groups and a three day trial of the Urgent Care Centre in October and November had been a big success.
Andrew Stenton, chief operating officer of the hospital, said officials had been planning for the winter since the middle of the summer.
An extra 70 front line staff are joining the N following the creation of an Immediate Assessment Unit (IAU) to improve patient handover times from ambulance to A and a new Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) to help prevent admissions and reduce length of stays. A pilot Urgent Care Centre will be run at the Colney hospital over two days in December, with patients who are not emergency cases being referred to a pharmacist, nurse or GP.
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three hospitals in the region are creating new units to boost A services.
"We are probably better prepared than we have ever been. It is not just the hospital. The community services are in the process of placing additional resources with nursing home places to the equivalent of 28 beds for elderly patients not ready to go home, but who do not need acute care," he said.
Hospital bosses in East Anglia prepared for another long winter
Health chiefs said they were prepared for the consequences of another long cold winter, despite warnings from unions that the NHS will be placed under huge strain in the coming months.
Last winter resulted in long queues of ambulances outside A departments and an emergency tent being put up on Easter Monday outside the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital as a result of huge demand.
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