Work has started on the £3.9m re-development of the accident and emergency department of the QEH.

A new modular building will be constructed on the courtyard next to the existing department over the coming months while funds will also be spent on recruiting senior staff and improving care in the community.

Hospital chiefs are hoping the new building, which will cost £2 million and will be linked to the existing facility, will help to ease the pressure on the department by creating additional treatment areas and space for patients.

The cash injection comes following the Department of Health making £500m available to the NHS to help tackle increasing pressures on A&E services.

In September the QEH Trust announced it had made a successful bid to the government to receive part of the available funding.

Work will continue on the re-development of the Gayton Road site today and tomorrow.

A specialist giant crane was used last weekend to lift equipment over the hospital and into the courtyard and further crane lifts are set to continue today and tomorrow.

Shrubs and trees have already been removed ready for the new building to be installed.

The A&E improvement project is set to be completed by March of next year.