£1.7m funding tonic for NHS Trust to upgrade A&E facilities in time for winter

£1.7m funding tonic for NHS Trust to upgrade A&E facilities in time for winter

by Danielle Thompson (August 2020)

SOUTHPORT and Ormskirk NHS Trust will receive more than £1.7million to upgrade their A&E facilities ahead of winter.

The funds mean that the Trust will be able to increase its A&E capacity, put enhanced infection prevention and control measures in place and make improvements to emergency care and urgent treatment services.

Across England, the Government is providing £300 million to A&E departments, with work to be completed by the start of next year so hospitals can benefit from the upgrades during the peak of winter.

On announcing the funding, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “ These upgrades will help our fantastic NHS prepare for the winter months, helping them to deliver world-leading services and reduce the risk of coronavirus infections.

“Thanks to the hard work and tireless efforts of NHS staff throughout the pandemic, our A&Es have remained open for the public.

“It’s vital that those who need emergency treatment this winter access it, and for those who remain concerned about visiting hospitals, let me assure you that the NHS has measures in place to keep people safe.”

The Government says the funding is on top of the additional £3billion the Prime Minister recently announced to help prepare the NHS for the winter months ahead.

This will allow the NHS to continue to use the extra hospital capacity acquired from the independent sector through the coronavirus pandemic and to maintain the Nightingale hospitals until the end of March next year.

Southport MP Damien Moore welcomed the funding announcement.

Mr Moore said: “Staff at Southport & Ormskirk NHS Hospitals Trust have worked tirelessly over recent months, and I would like to thank them for everything they have done to get our local community through the coronavirus pandemic.

“While we hope for the best this winter, its right that we plan for the worst. This funding to upgrade A&E across the Trust will ensure that we are in the best possible position for the challenges that the winter months may bring.

“The NHS is my top priority and I was re-elected last December on a promise to deliver record NHS investment and level up the health service across the country. I am delighted to see the Government getting on with doing exactly that.”

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