Beds to be re­placed and wards re­fur­bished

£8.9m plan for changes to Ge­orge Eliot

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

AL­MOST £9m is be­ing pumped into im­prov­ing equip­ment, re­plac­ing all 300 beds and re­fur­bish­ing wards at Nuneaton’s hos­pi­tal – but huge sav­ings still have to be made.

Glen Burley, the new chief ex­ec­u­tive at the Ge­orge Eliot Hos­pi­tal, un­veiled plans to spend £8.9m on ma­jor im­prove­ments at the place of care.

But the purse-strings for else­where in the hos­pi­tal are hav­ing to be tight­ened so that the ‘Eliot sticks to its agreed debt of £18.5m.

Most hos­pi­tals across the coun­try are in debt, but the lev­els have to be agreed, and the hos­pi­tals says that ‘through pro­duc­tiv­ity changes and ef­fi­ciency sav­ings’ they need to find £7m to hit the target.

Should this be achieved over the next fi­nan­cial year, it could un­lock £4.2m from the gov­ern­ment.

While the huge sav­ings have to be made, there is also a fo­cus on im­prov­ing qual­ity, hence the £8.9m in­vest­ment.

A spokesper­son for the Ge­orge Eliot Hos­pi­tal said: ”The spend on equip­ment and in­fra­struc­ture, will in­clude re­fur­bish­ment of the Coro­nary Care Unit and A&E Ma­jors (treat­ing those pa­tients who re­quire a more thor­ough clin­i­cal as­sess­ment and may need a se­ries of in­ves­ti­ga­tions or ob­ser­va­tion be­fore de­fin­i­tive treat­ment can be de­ter­mined.), fire alarm and tele­phone sys­tem up­grades.

“The spend will also in­clude an up­grade to the Trust Wi-Fi and the re­place­ment of pa­tient beds. We aim to re­place all pa­tient beds (around 300) be­fore the end of April 2019.”

Mr Burley, who has taken over from the for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive Kath Kelly, is at the helm of the hos­pi­tal at a time when it is to un­dergo a huge change.

While it has been stressed that the hos­pi­tal will re­main as an in­de­pen­dent or­gan­i­sa­tion with its own board of di­rec­tors, the ‘Eliot is set to join a foun­da­tion group along­side the South War­wick­shire NHS Foun­da­tion Trust (SWFT) and Wye Val­ley NHS Trust (WVT).

Mr Burley says it will en­hance op­por­tu­ni­ties for shar­ing best prac­tice, ser­vice im­prove­ment, adding: “Work­ing with our foun­da­tion group part­ners I be­lieve we will con­tinue to im­prove care, en­sur­ing lo­cal ser­vices for lo­cal peo­ple are main­tained and en­hanced by cap­i­tal­is­ing on op­por­tu­ni­ties for ser­vice im­prove­ment and in­te­gra­tion. I look for­ward to a great fu­ture for Ge­orge Eliot Hos­pi­tal.”

At the an­nual AGM, it was also re­vealed that work on the in­no­va­tive Health and Well Be­ing Cam­pus plans will con­tinue, with the de­vel­op­ment of the site master plan.

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