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Expanding our Emergency Departments

Major expansion for our emergency departments

An artist's impression showing the new look Emergency Department at William Harvey Hospital
Both emergency departments will be significantly expanded (image shows William Harvey Hospital)

Updated 30 November 2021

The emergency departments at QEQM Hospital, Margate and William Harvey Hospital, Ashford are undergoing an exciting transformation, thanks to £30m national NHS investment.

Both departments are being significantly expanded, with new entrances and improved waiting areas, treatment areas for adults and children, and staff facilities.

This will help us see and treat more patients in timely way, in much improved surroundings.

Liz Shutler, Deputy Chief Executive says: “This is excellent news for patients and staff, and means that we can fulfil our ambition of providing the best possible care in the best possible environment.

“Our nurses, doctors and build teams have worked hard to design a much bigger and better space to treat some of our sickest patients.”

Work to extend the front of both emergency departments is underway, with extensive renovations inside the existing departments to follow next year.

Our emergency departments will look very different while the building work is underway. We are making every effort to minimise disruption while this vital improvement work takes place.

Artist's impression of how the QEQM emergency department will look
Artist's impression of how the expanded QEQM emergency department will look
 Artist's impression of the Emergency Department entrance at William Harvey Hospital
Artist's impression of the new emergency department entrance at William Harvey Hospital