Milton Keynes Hospital’s main entrance will close permanently tonight as work begins on expanding its A&E department.
The hospital’s roomy reception will be transformed into a treatment room for urgent patients attending with minor complaints or illnesses - freeing up more space for emergency care.
There will be nine treatment rooms, plus a reception and office space.
The multi-million pound project, due to be completed by Christmas, will ease some of the current congestion in the A&E department, say hospital bosses.
It is the first step towards a much-needed new A&E – the subject of a Citizen campaign for the past two years.
While it’s built, a temporary reception will be located at the treatment centre.
If visitors are accessing any departments affected by the closure (wards one to six and eight to ten, MRI, X-ray, maternity delivery) please park at the multi-storey car park.
For access to A&E, Maple unit, AECU (Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit) and Milton Mouse park at the front of the hospital as before.
Chief executive Joe Harrison says the changes will bring about a “significant improvement” for patients.
He has apologised for any disruption to people visiting the hospital while the buildings works are underway.