Hos­pi­tal gets £1m boost to ease A&E pres­sures

Cash in­jec­tion is part of £100m cap­i­tal funding pot

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The cash comes as part of a £100m cap­i­tal funding pot, which was out­lined in the spring budget by the Chan­cel­lor Philip Ham­mond.

Ear­lier this year the NHS faced a cri­sis after the Bri­tish Red Cross was drafted in to help, with damn­ing fig­ures show­ing over­loaded A&Es had shut their doors 42 times in one week.

The emer­gency re­sponse char­ity branded the sit­u­a­tion a hu­mani- tar­ian cri­sis as the NHS strug­gled to cope with win­ter de­mand.

Buckinghamshire Health­care NHS Trust was just one of a num­ber of oth­ers from across the coun­try to is­sue an ur­gent plea on Twit­ter ask­ing peo­ple to stay away from A&E de­part­ments.

Ad­vice was is­sued ‘ due to an ex­cep­tion­ally high surge in at­ten­dances’, and peo­ple were asked to only go if they were ad­vised to do so by a doc­tor or pharmacist or it was a gen­uine emer­gency.

So far, £55.09m of the fund has been al­lo­cated to 70 NHS hos­pi­tals across the coun­try, which is hoped to ease pres­sure on emer­gency de­part­ments in time for win­ter.

Stoke Man­dev­ille Hos­pi­tal is just one of the 70 be­ing awarded a slice of the funding.

Iso­bel Day, di­vi­sional di­rec­tor in­te­grated medicine at the hos­pi­tal, said: “The funding will en­able the trust to de­velop its ur­gent and emer­gency care fa­cil­i­ties, to pro­vide care for pa­tients who do not re­quire treat­ment within the spe­cial­ist emer­gency de­part­ment, im­prov­ing wait­ing times for all pa­tients and im­prov­ing the over­all patient ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The funding will be used by hos­pi­tals to meet the 95% stan­dard of ad­mit­ting, trans­fer­ring, or dis­charg­ing pa­tients within four hours by en­sur­ing pa­tients are treated in the most ap­pro­pri­ate set­ting.

The plans out­lined by trusts in­clude pri­mary care stream­ing and co-lo­cat­ing GP prac­tices within A&E de­part­ments to en­sure pa­tients are treated in the most ap­pro­pri­ate set­ting.

This in­vest­ment is one part of a 10 point A&E plan be­ing im­ple­mented across the NHS this year, to get per­for­mance to 95% dur­ing 2018.

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