The new emergency department at Leicester Royal Infirmary opened this morning.
The £48 million state of the art facility has taken two and a half years to complete and has been designed to reduce stress for its patients.
Last year, a record 240,000 people used the department and it is hoped the new building will better serve the city's growing population.
The design includes rubber flooring rather than vinyl. Should someone fall, the impact is 15% less likely to cause a serious injury.
There are also purpose-built rooms for patients with dementia or mental health issues.
Phase two of the development will begin in a couple of weeks and will open in May 2018.
Other highlights include:
- 13 ambulance bays and a separate entrance for ambulances with no public access.
- A waiting area in the adults' department for 130 people and 94 in the children's department, which includes a teenage waiting area.
- Seven treatment rooms for GPs and five rooms for ophthalmologists as part of the newly dedicated eye casualty.
- Three high dependency bays in the children's emergency department.