£1.8m for hos­pi­tals to help cope with any ‘sec­ond wave’

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ

SOUTH­PORT and Orm­skirk hos­pi­tals will re­ceive a shared £1.8m in­vest­ment to help them man­age through win­ter. The ad­di­tional Gov­ern­ment fund­ing will be used to make im­prove­ments at both sites and comes amid warn­ings that a sec­ond wave of Covid-19 in­fec­tions would add sig­nif­i­cant strain on the NHS.

The £1.8m in­vest­ment will in­clude sup­port for tem­po­rary changes made to pa­tient ser­vices which were put in place to meet the chal­lenges of the pan­demic. The work will in­clude:

A pur­posed-de­signed, tem­po­rary med­i­cal day unit at Orm­skirk Hospi­tal.

Im­prove­ments to A&E and ur­gent care ser­vices at South­port Hospi­tal.

En­hanced in­fec­tion pro­tec­tion mea­sures in chil­dren’s A&E at Orm­skirk Hospi­tal.

In­vest­ment in equip­ment and clin­i­cal sup­port for pa­tients with res­pi­ra­tory con­di­tions.

The fund­ing was wel­comed by South­port MP Damien Moore and South Rib­ble MP Kather­ine Fletcher, whose con­stituency in­cludes Hes­keth Bank and Tar­leton.

The Con­ser­va­tive MPs praised hos- pital staff for work­ing “tire­lessly” through­out the out­break and said that “while we hope for the best this win­ter, its right that we plan for the worst”.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Tr­ish Armstrong-Child said: “We have been plan­ning for win­ter with Covid since June and this in­vest­ment fur­ther strength­ens those plans.

“Our num­ber one pri­or­ity has, and al­ways will be, the wel­fare and safety of our pa­tients and staff.

“Covid-19 has sig­nif­i­cantly dis­rupted the work­ing life of our hos­pi­tals and we have had to rad­i­cally change how we work to min­imise the risk of in­fec­tion.

“Col­leagues are work­ing hard to re­turn many ser­vices to as near nor­mal as pos­si­ble – but we are also hav­ing to keep in place some tem­po­rary changes for now to de­liver our win­ter plan.

“These in­clude the trans­fer of the med­i­cal day unit to Orm­skirk and re­tain­ing many of the re­stric­tions on vis­it­ing.

“I know this will be dif­fi­cult and con­cern­ing news for some peo­ple but these changes are likely to stay in place un­til Covid-19 is prop­erly un­der con­trol.

“I want to thank our staff, our pa­tients and their fam­i­lies for their tremen­dous sup­port over the past few months. We will get through this and get through it to­gether.”

Orm­skirk and, be­low, South­port hos­pi­tals are to re­ceive help for the win­ter

Damien Moore MP, Tr­ish Armstrong-Child, and South Rib­ble MP Kather­ine Fletcher

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