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Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Urgent & Emergency Care Upgrade Programme

UECUP, which stands for Urgent and Emergency Care Upgrade Programme, is a £28 million collaboration between the Department of Health and Social Care, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, (WUTH) and the Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, (WCHC) for a new emergency facility at Arrowe Park Hospital.

The new facility is designed to create an efficient patient flow, with those that are attending either the Emergency Department or the Urgent Treatment Centre entering through a single point which will ensure our patients are provided with the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

The new development at Arrowe Park will transform emergency care for people on the Wirral and is due to be completed in 2024.

The upgrade will include:

  • A full internal Urgent and Emergency care refurbishment including a new Children’s Emergency Department
  • A partial new build element
  • A dedicated ambulance entrance providing privacy and dignity, and a larger ambulance set – down area enhancing capacity.

Our staff in the new Emergency Department will benefit from:

  • Improved working space within clinical areas
  • Improved staff welfare areas and training facilities
  • Open layouts within departments to encourage collaborative teamwork
  • A separate staff entrance which will lead directly to the staff welfare area.

The Emergency Department and Urgent Treatment Centre will remain open and operational whilst works are taking place. Disruption is expected to be at a minimum, and patients will still have access to all the services offered at Arrowe Park Hospital.

When there is the need for alternative routes for patients to use throughout the scheme, there will be clear signage to identify entry and exit points. We apologise in advance for any disruption and thank you for your co-operation whilst the upgrade is taking place.


Check our website over the coming months for all the latest developments on UECUP including phasing plans, and details on our upcoming Community Art Project and our Volunteer Gardening opportunities.