UK Government announces funding package to prepare NHS for winter

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The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, will use the money to convert the former Wrekin midwife-led unit (MLU) into a "priorities admission unit", which will help to ease pressure on A&E.

The MLU has been replaced with a purpose-built modular building located alongside the Consultant Led Unit at the Shropshire Women and Children's Centre at PRH.

Southport & Ormskirk NHS Hospitals Trust is set to receive £1,729,000 to support A&E capacity ahead of the winter months.

Denise Smith, the QEH's chief operating officer, said: "We're pleased to have been allocated almost £2million to strengthen our planning for this winter".

Announcing handouts of £300m to upgrade A&E facilities in England, the prime minister said the government is making hospitals safer and reducing the risk of infection from COVID-19.

Hospital bosses in Lynn have welcomed the announcement of almost £2 million in extra funding to help prepare for winter and a potential new surge of the coronavirus.

Projects will be completed by the start of next year to ensure hospitals benefit from the upgrades during the peak of winter. 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.

"And for those who remain concerned about visiting hospitals, let me assure you that the NHS has measures in place to keep people safe".

Ms Saxby said: "The NHS is my top priority and I was elected last December on a promise to deliver record NHS investment and level up the health service across the country and with our hospital being the smallest and one of the most remote on the British mainland, that is more important for North Devon than anywhere else".

The news has been welcomed by MP Philip Dunne.

And in a bid to give people more confidence to go to A&E, Mr Johnson said 117 NHS trusts will receive funding to help prepare for winter and reduce the risk from further outbreaks of the virus.

She said: "While the extra funding will support our winter planning, the very best thing our local community can do to support us this winter is have their flu jab - the flu jab will help protect them, their families, our Trust and our patients and will reduce the pressure on our hospital".

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