Hos­pi­tal in £900k A&E fund­ing boost

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MAC­CLES­FIELD Hos­pi­tal is to get al­most £900k in fund­ing to help its A&E depart­ment cope with de­mand.

The Govern­ment cash will be used by East Cheshire NHS Trust, which runs the hos­pi­tal, to cre­ate a new ser­vice where health­care pro­fes­sion­als ‘stream’ pa­tients to ei­ther pri­mary care or the emer­gency depart­ment.

The £879,000 from the Ac­ci­dent & Emer­gency fund aims to en­able the trust to meet the Govern­ment’s 95 per cent stan­dard of ad­mit­ting, trans­fer­ring, or dis­charg­ing pa­tients within four hours by en­sur­ing they are treated in the most ap­pro­pri­ate set­ting.

In re­cent years Mac­cles­field, like most hos­pi­tals in the coun­try, has strug­gled to han­dle the sheer vol­ume of pa­tients, par­ticu- larly dur­ing win­ter. Hos­pi­tal bosses have been forced to open more beds to cope with de­mand and is­sues calls for peo­ple to stay away from A&E un­less nec­es­sary.

In a letter to MP David Rut­ley, Philip Dunne, Min­is­ter of State at the Depart­ment of Health, said: “The fund­ing will en­able your lo­cal hos­pi­tal to put in place the phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture to al­low pa­tients who walk into A&E to be streamed to a co-lo­cated GP ser­vice, when this is clin­i­cally ap­pro­pri­ate.

“This model of ser­vice is a key way for A&E de­part­ments to build re­silience at busy times, es­pe­cially dur­ing win­ter, by en­sur­ing the pa­tients are seen in the most ap­pro­pri­ate way and free­ing up emer­gency ca­pac­ity in A&E.

“Last win­ter pri­mary care stream­ing was an in­te­gral part of the A&E model used in the most con­sis­tently high per­form­ing A&E in Eng­land against the stan­dard that pa­tients must be seen, treated and ad­mit­ted or dis­charged in un­der four hours.”

Mr Rut­ley wel­comed the new fund­ing, ad­ding: “It is a pos­i­tive in­vest­ment in the A&E ser­vices pro­vided at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal and will help sup­port the doctors and nurses who work so hard in that depart­ment.”

“I will con­tinue to work closely with min­is­ters and East Cheshire NHS Trust to help en­sure that lo­cal res­i­dents re­ceive the Ac­ci­dent & Emer­gency ser­vices they need in the months and years ahead.”

John Wil­bra­ham, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the trust, said the cash will pay for ad­di­tional clin­i­cal ac­com­mo­da­tion, a sys­tem to avoid the du­pli­ca­tion of as­sess­ment, and im­proved pa­tient ex­pe­ri­ence.

He said: “The re­ceipt of this ad­di­tional money will al­low us to make im­prove­ments the to depart­ment which would oth­er­wise have not been pos­si­ble.

“The flow of pa­tients through the depart­ment has been a chal­lenge for some time and these changes will im­prove the ser­vice for our pa­tients and also the en­vi­ron­ment for the staff to work in.

“The work will be com­pleted be­fore win­ter and we will do all we can to min­imise dis­rup­tion dur­ing that time.”

Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley said it’s good news for the hos­pi­tal

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