Even before the pandemic, capacity was an issue in A&E departments, as the number of attendances had been increasing substantially year-on-year for some time, and hospitals found people were waiting in A&E for treatment for injuries or conditions, which didn’t need emergency treatment.
As lockdown restrictions are gradually released, the pressure on A&E departments is starting to grow again. NHSE have made it clear that the way A&E departments are used is going to have to change for good.
A number of our clients have installed a modular Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) close to the hospital’s A&E department, providing an alternate route to treatment that provides much needed triage and reduces the number of onward admissions to beds. A combination of mobile facilities and bright, spacious modular buildings can be used to create a suite of bespoke spaces providing a complete clinical environment where patients can be booked in, prepared, receive treatment and recover.
The MIU would treat those with less serious injuries, diverting them away from A&E to a more suitable environment. This in turn can improve the overall patient experience as more people can be treated quickly, effectively and in the most comfortable environment possible. Pressure on A&E departments can be reduced and patients with serious and life-threatening injuries and illness can be prioritised more effectively.
A temporary MIU facility can also help hospitals cope with additional demand during particularly busy times, such as through the winter months. A connection between the mobile or modular unit to the existing A&E department through a purpose-built walkway, providing a seamless experience for the patient.
Mobile outpatient clinics are also available, offering stand-alone facilities for increasing outpatient access within an existing hospital site. These include a reception, patient waiting area, consulting rooms and examination rooms along with utilities and WC and can be used by community hospitals or GP practices, to manage periods of increased demand.