“White Elephant” Sydenham House to be used for extra A and E beds in Harlow

Health / Tue 20th Jan 2015 at 11:00am

SYDENHAM House in Long Ley, Harlow is to be used as part of an extra bed plan to relieve pressure on A and E in Princess Alexandra hospital in Harlow.

Harlow MP Robert Halfon was in discussion with senior health bosses at the beleaguered hospital and told YH that an extra 20 beds will be at the hospital’s disposal from February.

Mr Halfon said: “They are going to use the £4m that the Government have given to help the A&E in Harlow to have an extra 10 bed in the hospital in February and an extra 10 beds in March.

“They are also looking to work with the local doctors, the West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), to try and release 40 beds in Sydenham House.

“Apparently there are 40 beds there being unused and if we can help in that way there won’t be so much ‘bed-blocking’ which is one of the reasons we have the problems we have in the A&E. There is going to be extra investment in beds and looking at other solutions in other parts of Harlow for recovery.”

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