Emergency department at Barnstaple hospital will have new entrance and reception, as well as GP rooms and separate GP waiting area.

Barnstaple A&E. Picture: Tony GussinBarnstaple A&E. Picture: Tony Gussin

The A&E department at North Devon District Hospital will be given a £1million makeover.

The fully refurbished emergency department will feature two GP rooms and a separate reception and waiting area for GP patients, as well as a new entrance and reception.

The good news follows the announcement last month that A&E, together with stroke and maternity services will remain in Barnstaple following a review of Devon’s acute health services.

The cash will come from a £3.3m Government funding pot for Devon’s emergency departments. It is part of a £100m investment in NHS trusts across the country to relieve pressure in emergency care.

Local trusts will use the funding to introduce a streaming service, which will direct patients either to a GP or to the emergency department team, based on the care they need. The GPs will be able to treat less urgent illnesses and injuries, helping to alleviate pressure elsewhere.

Dr Alison Diamond, chief executive of Norther Devon Healthcare Trust, said: “As a trust, we are already recognised nationally for how well we do against the national standard of seeing and admitting or discharging 95 per cent of patients within four hours.

“We are delighted to have received this investment, which will help us to build on this success and to make sure our patients have a positive experience of our care.”

The trust hopes to have a GP room in place by October, with the full refurbishment being complete by spring next year.