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Demolition work begins at Leicester Royal Infirmary

1st June 2015

Demolition work has started at Leicester Royal Infirmary in preparation for its new Emergency Department.

Leicester’s Hospitals’ £43.3m investment to create a purpose built Emergency Floor marks the first major
investment in its  five year £320m strategic plan.

Capita is providing architecture, structural, civil, and mechanical and electrical engineering services on the project.
Leicester’s current Emergency Department (ED), which was last was upgraded 10 years ago, was designed to care for 100,000 patients.  It now sees 180,000 patients each year – that’s over 600 a day - and that is expected to increase.
John Adler, chief executive for Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “We are incredibly excited to have got this far and would like to thank everyone who has been involved in designing and supporting this process.  This much needed development will be the UK’s first frailty friendly emergency department, especially designed to meet the rising demands of an ageing population and will improve the experience, not only for the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, but also for our hard working staff.
“We are pleased that colleagues from Age UK and Vista have been involved in our design group to ensure our older patients are cared for in an environment better suited to their needs. The new department has been designed with a much better flow for our patients, brining services that the emergency team need closer together which will reduce waiting times and improve patient experience.
“The design includes bigger cubicles for patients and more room for ambulances, along with an integrated mental health department and a brand new Children’s ED.  It will also be completely paper-free, providing a fully electronic service, saving space and speeding up our processes. Demolition will be completed in early August and phase 1 of the building work will then begin in earnest.  We will open our new Emergency Department to its first patients in summer 2017.”
For further information, a video of the demolition and a 360 tour of the new emergency floor please visit

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