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Barnet Hospital to upgrade in preparation for patient influx from Chase Farm's A&E department
Barnet Hospital has been handed £35million to upgrade its accident and emergency department in preparation for an influx of patients later this year.
The hospital is set to take on patients from Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield when its A&E department is shut down in the autumn.
The closure is part of a raft of changes approved by health secretary Andrew Lansley in 2011.
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust was this week given a total of £115million from the Department of Health to make improvements at three of its hospitals as the changes are brought in.
The trust will spend £35million on upgrading A&E and maternity departments at Barnet Hospital, while Chase Farm will receive an Urgent Care Centre and new assessment units for children and the elderly.
North Middlesex will be given £80million to transform a 1970s tower block into a new women and children’s centre.