Work is underway to complete additional clinical space at the A&E at Lincoln County Hospital after a £500,000 investment.
The refurb, which has seen a small extension built onto the A&E, will include four new consultation rooms, a dedicated entrance, corridor and increased waiting area space to ease pressure on the department.
On arrival, patients will be assessed and then directed to the “most suitable care and treatment”.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) believes many patients attending A&E have symptoms that could be treated by a GP instead.
ULHT Director of Operations Simon Evans said: “We are in the process of completing a reconfiguration of the A&E department at Lincoln to provide additional clinical space as part of a £500,000 investment. This includes four new consultation rooms, a dedicated entrance, corridor and increased waiting area space.
“As part of the changes we have built a small extension which will enable us to relocate the office space for some of our consultants.
“All patients when they arrive at A&E will continue to be assessed and will be directed to the most suitable care and treatment. The changes will help us to free up the existing space for emergencies.”
In summer 2017 ULHT received nearly £1 million funding to relieve pressure on hospital emergency departments in Lincoln and Boston.
ULHT has also put forward plans for a GP streaming service extension at the Boston hospital A&E.