The New QEII Hospital has treated its first patient.
Sean Howley from Shenley near Radlett went to hospital in Welwyn Garden City when he injured his foot.
Sean, 26, had a football-related injury which was X-rayed and treated in the Urgent Care Centre in the brand new £30m building.
“My sister who works in healthcare told me to go to the New QEII because it had opened that day,” said Sean. “The staff were lovely and it’s a nice new building.”
Tracy Byrne, one of the nurse practitioners who works in the Urgent Care Centre, said: “It’s an exciting start for the New QEII. The building has a great open feeling with natural light, which is fantastic and will really help patient care.
“We’d all like to thank patients for bearing with us during the changeover to this wonderful new facility.”
Dr Asha Herbert on her first shift at the hospital said: “It’s a lovely open, airy, fresh department which I’m sure staff and patients will benefit from.”
No appointment is necessary at the Urgent Care Centre and there is a drop-off point right outside the front door for those who aren’t able to walk very far.
The Urgent Care Centre can treat:
The fracture clinic and ‘ambulatory care’ services have moved into the new building, and endoscopy investigations are now taking plae in the new building.
A specially-designed children’s and young people’s zone is also now open, bringing together child health experts to treat children in a friendly, welcoming environment.
Over the next few weeks, the full range of services will transfer into the new hospital, which is right next door to the old hospital, on Howlands.
Ante-natal appointments, the breast clinic, MRI and CT scans will all take place in the new building, using the latest specialist equipment. Therapy services, such as physiotherapy and other rehabilitation treatments will benefit from the purpose-built gym.