Media Release

QEH Same Day Emergency Care unit shortlisted for trio of awards

The Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) unit at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn has been shortlisted for three awards in a government awards scheme.

The unit, commonly known as SDEC has been shortlisted for the GPA’s Smarter Working Awards, which recognises transformation programmes in government-owned workplaces.

The SDEC was launched to help reduce pressure on the Trust’s Emergency Department by streamlining the initial assessment and admission of patients, enabling them to get the treatment they need quickly.

Chief Executive of the hospital, Caroline Shaw CBE said: “We are so proud of our amazing SDEC team for being shortlisted for three Smarter Working Awards.

“Despite that the unit has only been open for a short time, the importance of this service is clear to see.

“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.”

SDEC is up against other prestigious workplaces such as borough councils, police forces, the Ministry of Defence and other NHS employers in three categories; Efficiency in the Property Portfolio, Best Use of a Solution and the Special Recognition categories.

Caroline continued: “We can’t wait to see how the team do at the ceremony at the end of the year and we are excited to see what’s in store for future developments of the unit.

“I want to say a huge thank you to each and every member of our staff for making the SDEC such a success.”

Debra Longmuir, Matron for Acute Medicine said: “Over the last 3 years, we have run many pilot exercises from RAB bays and assessment zones to generate the data needed to support the successful implementation of the new SDEC unit.

“I am so proud of the SDEC team for these well-deserved shortlisting’s, recognising the collaborative team working across Acute Medicine at the QEH.”

The awards are set to take place on November 26 2020. You can read more about the awards here.


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Pictured: Gemma Crittenden, Ward Manager, Linda Purdy, Nurse Consultant, Debra Longmuir, Matron for Acute Medicine