The final touches are being made to a new and improved accident and emergency department at Northwick Park Hospital.

The replacement A&E centre is due to open this autumn and will see over 500 patients a day go through its doors, providing greater privacy for patients and better-equipped treatment facilities for medical staff.

The North West London Hospital Trust hosted a tour of the block, at Northwick Park Hospital in Watford Road, Harrow, for getwestlondon today

The new building which has cost £21 million, funded from the Department of Health.

NORTHWICK PARK HOSPITAL: The new A&E department is going through the final touches before its opening this autumn. Pictured are matron Nicola Wheatley and project manager Malcolm Ormond
NORTHWICK PARK HOSPITAL: The new A&E department is going through the final touches before its opening this autumn. Pictured are matron Nicola Wheatley and project manager Malcolm Ormond
 

During the tour, emergency department matron Nicola Wheatley said: "We are very proud of this, it's very exciting and to have a good working environment is very important and the facilities here will be really good, it's much larger and a big improvement."

As she showed us around the different rooms, sectioned off for adults and children, she explained that the smaller details will make a huge difference to the patients coming in.

The A&E department will provide a new emergency department, children's emergency department and an urgent care centre.

It will incorporate 40 individual bays allowing patients greater privacy and waiting area will be improved as part of the design.

NORTHWICK PARK HOSPITAL: The new A&E department is going through the final touches before its opening this autumn
NORTHWICK PARK HOSPITAL: The new A&E department is going through the final touches before its opening this autumn
NORTHWICK PARK HOSPITAL: The new A&E department is going through the final touches before its opening this autumn
NORTHWICK PARK HOSPITAL: The new A&E department is going through the final touches before its opening this autumn
 

She added: "In each of the rooms there will be privacy curtains, this is really important, especially for teenagers who come in, some rooms will have doors and others will have the option to close the curtain.

"Generally we are very excited about moving to this department because of the design, us nurses knew the design from the beginning.

"We have been planning around the design, we have kept all our staff involved in the process, like the health care assistants as well having regular team meetings about it."

There will be 30 nurses per shift and at least five consultants.

The trust explained that the old A&E will be used in the short term to offer some extra bed space over the busy winter period. In the long term its use is still under consideration as part of the trust-wide estates strategy.

Earlier this year the trust announced that two A&E departments will close, the one at Central Middlesex Hospital in Acton Lane, Park Royal, which it also runs, and the one at Hammersmith Hospital in East Acton, which it does not. Their A&E patients will be mainly re directed to the new A&E department at Northwick Park Hospital.

Project manager Malcom Ormond, who lead the tour, said: "There is not a set open date yet but it will be in the autumn.

"It has been in development for a few years and at the moment the final touches are being made. It is still under construction."