Publish date: 16 February 2022

Sajid JavidThe Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, today officially opened a new two-storey accident and emergency department at Leighton Hospital in Crewe, delivering hugely improved patient facilities for the people of Cheshire.

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which manages Leighton, secured Government funding last year to reconfigure and expand emergency care services.

The new modular building, next to the site’s existing A&E department, covers 4,000 m2, has increased resus and paediatric capacity and will support a better patient experience.

After touring the new department, the Secretary of State said: ‘It was a privilege to be invited to open the state-of-the art Accident and Emergency Department at Leighton Hospital, backed by £15 million of government funding. These new facilities will help staff continue to support the growing population of Cheshire, allowing patients to be seen quicker, in a larger and safer environment.’

The building includes a dedicated paediatric unit, specially decorated by a local artist, mental health assessment rooms and a bereavement suite, as well as the additional treatment rooms. There will also be offices and staff facilities on the first floor.

James Sumner, Chief Executive of the Mid Cheshire Trust, said: ‘We were delighted to welcome the Secretary of State to Leighton today, at a time when we are investing in enhanced hospital services for our local community. A&E attendance has increased across the country in recent years, so this provides an excellent opportunity to meet the needs of our population of 300,000.’

Dr David Matthews, Clinical Director of Emergency Care, added: ‘The NHS has been tested to the maximum by a combination of higher patient attendances, the Coronavirus pandemic and the annual winter pressures. This facility is really exciting for the Trust – it has been carefully designed to allow for the clear separation of children and adults in a modern, welcoming environment that will greatly improve the patient experience.’

In addition to the new A&E, the Trust has also recently invested in increased capacity for the Critical Care Unit at Leighton, with the number of available beds rising from 14 to 18 from last month.