Modernising the current QEH

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An aerial shot of the current QEH hospital site

Our work to deliver a brand-new hospital at QEH does not mean we have stopped investing in our current facilities.

In fact, we have already delivered a number of exciting projects which have significantly modernised our hospital and further improved the experience of patients, visitors and staff.

Please see the updates below about our latest developments:

The outside entrance to the QEH emergency department

Reconfigured Emergency Department

Patients are now benefiting from treatment in a newly reconfigured Emergency Department (ED). The new department has increased space for ambulance handovers allowing paramedics and ambulance staff to smoothly transfer the care of patients. 

The outside entrance to the QEH emergency department

Diagnostic Centre

Work began on our new Diagnostic Centre in August 2023. The new centre will drive forward a reduction in waiting times by increasing capacity of diagnostic imaging for outpatients and will house cutting-edge MRI and CT scanners as well as X-ray and Ultrasound imaging used for diagnosis and monitoring of a very wide range of conditions. It is expected to be fully operational by summer 2024.

Exterior of our new Endoscopy Unit, showing the new building in bronze coloured cladding and large windows

A new Endoscopy Unit

The new state-of-the-art £12.5m Endoscopy Unit modernises our facilities for patients, their families and staff and enables all endoscopies to take place in one unit.

The reception desk of our new Ophthalmology Department, the West Norfolk Eye Centre

West Norfolk Eye Centre

Our brand new, £3m West Norfolk Eye Centre gives us a dedicated Ophthalmology outpatient facility for the first time and provides a specialist space for patients with eye conditions.

Exterior signage on a brick wall of our new Emerson outpatient unit

Our new outpatient unit

The Emerson Unit provides an enhanced environment and a better experience for patients, their families and staff and brings together outpatient services across a number of departments.

Entrance to the new neonatal intensive care unit

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

A refurbished and modernised NICU brings ours into line with the latest standards of patient care, including improved fire safety, a new ventilation system and air conditioning.

The interior double doors leading onto our new West Dereham Ward

West Dereham Ward

Our brand-new frailty ward following a complete overhaul and redesign. This provides a second dementia-friendly ward for QEH and brings the frailty team together in one area of the hospital to make one of the largest specialist frailty units in the region, consistent with our Clinical Strategy.

For more of our current developments

Maximising safety of our current site

Timber failsafes support the ceiling in our operating theatres

Our current buildings have reached the end of their life. Steel and timber support props maximise the safety of the hospital, but they don’t extend its life beyond 2030.

The voices of our local community and staff

QEH new car park mock up

Over recent months, people have been adding their support by sharing their thoughts, feelings, and views on why we need a new hospital.

Why we need a new QEH

a 3D model of our proposed new hospital and new car park

The current QEH is a RAAC (Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete) hospital, which was built in 1980 and designed to last 30 years. 

The support from our stakeholders

Secretary of State for Health and Social care, Steve Barclay MP, greets staff at QEH

We are delighted to have received a broad range of support from our local communities, our patients, our staff, and our supporters.