From left, Gemma Crittenden, Linda Purdy and Matron Debbie Longmuir

An new emergency unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn is up for a trio of government awards.

The Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) unit has been shortlisted for three Smarter Working Awards, established by the Government Property Agency (GPA) to celebrate teams, individuals and organisations which find new ways of boosting productivity and cutting costs.

Opened in January, the unit allows more emergency patients to be seen quickly, without being admitted.

QEH chief executive Caroline Shaw said she was very proud and the importance of the SDEC was clear.

“The unit is open 18 hours a day and sees an average of 60 patients daily. It helps relieve the pressure on our emergency department and the ambulance service, providing a fast service with short assessment times. 

“Patients who use this service are often discharged quickly without a prolonged stay in hospital.”

The awards ceremony is set to be held at the end of November.

λ The QEH has reported no further COVID deaths this week.

A hospital spokesman said it currently had four coronavirus cases and, to date, 152 patients had died after testing positive.

So far, the hospital has discharged 286 patients treated for the virus.