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Crown Street Enhancements Programme

Liverpool Women’s is pleased to share details of the recently established Crown Street Enhancements Programme which through investment and development aims to increase the support services we can provide on our current hospital site, benefitting both patients and staff.

In late 2020, the Trust was successful in securing £6.5m of capital financing, to address some of the clinical challenges we face on the current Liverpool Women’s site. The Trust’s long-term preferred plan of re-locating and building a new Liverpool Women’s Hospital - adjoined to other adult acute services in the city - remains the same. However, whilst Liverpool Women’s remains at its current home it is important that its services and facilities continue to be developed to deliver the best and safest care possible as well as outstanding experiences.

The Crown Street Enhancements Programme has now been established to deliver a number of exciting projects designed to improve safety, as well as the experience of patients and staff at Liverpool Women’s. There are a number of clinical risks and challenges that the Trust will be mitigating by enhancing our current site, as well as improving our compliance with clinical standards. Improving our facilities will help to provide a better patient and staff experience whilst also providing an interim solution to tackle some of our clinical challenges.

Some of these projects are already up and running, and some will commence during 2022.

  • Robotic Assisted Surgery

    In 2020, the Trust began piloting robotic assisted surgery within its Gynaecology service. The pilot aimed to bring access to the latest technology to the women of Liverpool, reducing risk, length of hospital stay and improving outcomes, as well as attracting the best clinicians to work in our service. The pilot was a resounding success and welcomed by our patients, and earlier this year the Trust purchased the theatre robot, securing the long-term future of the service. Patients have really welcomed this service with positive feedback since the Trust began delivering it.

  • Fetal Medicine Unit

    The next phase of the programme involves the relocation of our Fetal Medicine Unit (FMU), which is currently on the ground floor. From May 2021, we will be working with Tilbury Douglas Ltd (formerly Interserve Ltd) to create a brand new unit on our 2nd floor, increasing capacity and helping us make big improvements to our patient pathway. By relocating Fetal Medicine, we will create space on the ground floor for a new CT imaging and Colposcopy suite.

  • CT Imaging & Colposcopy Suites

    We are aiming to bring CT imaging to Crown street early in 2022-23. This development will reduce risk for some of our most seriously ill patients, who at the moment are transferred across the city when they need urgent scans, often separating mums and babies. By bringing CT imaging to Liverpool Women’s, we will be able to get women the urgent care they need at the right time, without delay. We will also be able to help our partners across the system recover from the impacts of COVID-19, by providing more CT capacity and helping to reduce waiting times.

     

    Whilst work is progressing with the development of the CDC the trust has taken delivery of a Mobile CT Scanner located near the front of the hospital and we are delighted to announce the first patients were seen on Monday 7th March.  Image of the scanner can be seen click here.

    This is great news for the Trust and for partner organisations such as Liverpool University Hospitals (LUHFT) and Liverpool Heart and Chest (LHCH) as this Mobile CT will increase overall CT capacity for LWH and other patients in the area.

    Alongside our planned CT suite, we will also be creating a new colposcopy suite, to make sure our facilities meet the appropriate standards as well as improving the experience of the patients in our care.

  • Blood Bank

    We currently do not have a blood bank on our hospital site and this can cause delays for women receiving vital blood and transfusion care. To address this we are working with partners in the NHS with the aim of providing a blood bank and transfusion services on our site, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the near future. Discussions are progressing positively and we hope to have further updates on these plans over the coming months.

     

  • Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC)

    Patients across Liverpool will benefit from earlier diagnostic tests closer to home thanks to investment in a new testing centre at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. The Trust has secured a share of £350m national funding to be one of the first 40 new Community Diagnostic Centres (CDCs) announced by the Government and NHS.

    The new Community Diagnostic Centre is part of the Crown Street Enhancements Programme at Liverpool Women’s and will include a new colposcopy suite, CT, and MRI imaging facilities. The colposcopy suite is due to be completed in June 2022, with permanent CT and MRI due for completion in December 2022.

    For the interim period the Trust has taken delivery of a Mobile CT Scanner located near the front of the hospital and we are delighted to announce the first patients were seen on Monday 7th March.  Image of the scanner can be seen click here.

    This is great news for the Trust and for partner organisations such as Liverpool University Hospitals (LUHFT) and Liverpool Heart and Chest (LHCH) as this Mobile CT will increase overall CT capacity for LWH and other patients in the area.

    Not only will the new Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) enable thousands of additional scans to be undertaken every year for patients in the region, it will also help to reduce risk for some of our most seriously ill patients, who at the moment are transferred across the city when they need urgent scans.  This development started as part of the Crown Street Enhancements Programme but has now been significantly expanded. The CDC at Liverpool Women’s is one of five in Cheshire and Merseyside. To view image of the  scanner click here.

    Eva Horgan, Chief Finance Officer at Liverpool Women’s, said: “This new investment will provide essential diagnostic tests to patients in the local area whilst also supporting Liverpool Women’s patients to get access to tests on site that were not possible before.”

    The centres will help achieve:

    • earlier diagnoses for patients through easier, faster, and more direct access to the full range of diagnostic tests needed to understand patients’ symptoms.
    • a reduction in hospital visits which will help to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission; and
    • a contribution to the NHS’ net zero ambitions by providing multiple tests at one visit, reducing the number of patient journeys and helping to cut carbon emissions and air pollution. 

    This programme is part of a national programme, for which LWH has been awarded an initial £5.2m. There are other CDCs in the region and in the area. More information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/40-community-diagnostic-centres-launching-across-england

    To find out more about the Government’s 40 Community Diagnostic Centres CLICK HERE.

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