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Airedale prepares to open new A&E

Airedale prepares to open new A&E

Published at 9:53am 2nd December 2014. (Updated at 12:05pm 3rd December 2014)

Stray FM has taken a look behind the scenes of Airedale Hospital’s new emergency department ahead of its opening.

The £6 million facilities are designed to give patients and their relatives more space, comfort and privacy.

Special guests included two patients who were recently treated by staff in their temporary unit whilst building work was under way.

Gareth Scott, of Keighley, suffered a severe asthma attack and went into anaphylactic shock caused by penicillin.

He ended up in the intensive care unit and says A&E staff "saved his life".

Martin Quirk, a 48-year-old father-of two, was involved in a serious accident on his motorcycle. 

He was treated for internal bleeding, fractures to his neck, pelvis, collarbone, shoulder blade and ribs. 

Although he doesn't have any memory of the accident or treatment, Martin said: "The team comforted and kept my partner and family informed on my progress throughout this critical time, during which I was given 18 units of blood while internal bleeding was stopped and my pelvis was pinned.

"I was later transferred to Leeds, but the A&E team and theatre staff at Airedale saved my life, for which I am eternally grateful."

Bridget Fletcher, Chief Executive of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We are thrilled with our much-improved facilities and that they have been completed on schedule, ready for use during winter - our busiest time of year - to help us provide the best care we can for the thousands of people who will use the department on an annual basis."

The new facilities include a room to care for patients with dementia, separate adult and children's treatment/assessment areas and waiting areas, and a relatives' suite.