29th May, 2020

Frustration as key link bridge at Royal falls a month behind schedule

A KEY link designed to ease pressure on the Emergency Department at Worcestershire Royal Hospital has fallen behind schedule.

Work on the link, a bridge between the the Aconbury East Building and the main Worcestershire Royal building, began back in April and was due to be completed by December.

However Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has now been told by their contractors that they are now a month behind schedule.

A Trust spokesperson said: “We have been notified by our contractors that they won’t be able to hand the bridge over to us on the originally agreed December date.

“We are now working towards a date of January 16 for the building work to be sufficiently advanced for us to begin using the bridge to transfer patients to the refurbished Aconbury wards.

“While this is disappointing, it does not impact on any of the other actions we are taking across the health and care system to prepare for winter.”

Redditch MP Rachel Maclean, said: “To say I’m annoyed is an understatement. I was reassured time and time again that this link-bridge would be completed and in place for the coming winter.”

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