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City MP visits QA hospital to catch up on new urgent care centre progress  

By 28 March 2024No Comments

Stephen Morgan MP visited QA hospital to catch up on progress on the new £58m emergency department and to meet with staff responsible for the build following his support for the successful campaign to secure the funding.

It comes as Portsmouth’s existing A&E services continue to struggle to meet demand, with just 60% of patients being seen within the 4-hour target in the last month.

17 patients at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust reportedly waited more than 12 hours from a decision to admit to actually being admitted.

The new department is due to be completed in advance this winter and will enable the local NHS to better meet the needs of the local community and provide the best clinical care in a modern, safe environment.

The City MP tirelessly lobbied government to provide the funding needed for the city to build the new department, which is set to deliver significant benefit to communities across Portsmouth.

Mr Morgan toured the site of the new facilities and met with the team at QA Hospital to discuss the progress of the project.

Local NHS health leaders have worked with clinical teams to design the layout of the department to not only give additional capacity, but to support them to work in a more streamlined way, with better visibility of patients and closer access to essential support services such as scans and x-ray.

Commenting, Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan said:

“As waiting times in our local NHS continue to grow with ever increasing demand, the need for an expansion of emergency services is becoming increasingly desperate.

“I was pleased to visit the site at QA hospital to catch up on welcome progress towards building the new emergency department which will play a vital role in getting Portsmouth patients seen on time and with the level of care they deserve.

“I will continue to lobby the Government to take action on the crisis facing the NHS in Portsmouth and across the country.”

Caring for our local NHS is one of Mr Morgan’s top priorities and he has been fiercely campaigning to improve services across the city through additional funding, staffing and resourcing. He regularly raises these issues in Parliament, writing to the Secretary of State and tabling written parliamentary questions.