Two new units have been created at Milton Keynes Hospital to improve care and access for patients who need emergency medical care.
The Acute Medical Unit and the Short Stay Assessment Unit were opened on December 17 just in time for the increase in patients over the Christmas period.
The units aim to get patients treated more quickly, reduce length of stay for patients, avoid unnecessary admissions and improve the safety of patients using the hospital.
Both units will increase the speed at which patients are assessed by a consultant; and decision made about the care they need, the next stage in their treatment, or a decision to discharge them home.
Joe Harrison, chief executive, said: “This is a really positive development that will help us see and treat emergency medical patients more efficiently and effectively.