£11.9m for A&E

EX­TRA CRIT­I­CAL CARE BEDS WILL CUT QMC WAIT­ING TIMES

Nottingham Post - - FRONT PAGE - By JAMIE BAR­LOW

NEARLY £12m of Gov­ern­ment cash will help to cut wait­ing times at the Queen’s Med­i­cal Cen­tre’s emer­gency depart­ment.

The money will be used to cre­ate eight new in­ten­sive care beds at the depart­ment, which reg­u­larly sees 550 pa­tients a day, some­times 600 – de­spite be­ing de­signed for only 350.

Tracy Tay­lor, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Not­ting­ham Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals NHS Trust, which runs the QMC, said: “We have seen a year-on-year in­crease in de­mand for crit­i­cal care beds. We need ca­pac­ity that meets the an­tic­i­pated fur­ther growth in de­mand we are fore­cast­ing over the next five to six years.

“This wel­come an­nounce­ment of £11.9m for Not­ting­ham will al­low us to in­crease our crit­i­cal care ca­pac­ity at QMC – home of the East Mid­lands Ma­jor Trauma Cen­tre – in the years to come.

She said the money would also al­low the QMC to en­ter the next phase of its mod­erni­sa­tion and ex­pan­sion of emer­gency care.

“This will po­ten­tially in­clude en­hanc­ing our pae­di­atric ED and re­sus­ci­ta­tion depart­ment” she added.

The money will also go to­wards pro­vid­ing new beds for pa­tients who are fit for dis­charge but un­able to re­turn home.

Wendy Saviour, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Not­ting­hamshire In­te­grated Care Sys­tem, which ap­proved the plans, said: “The an­nounce­ment rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in the Not­ting­ham and Not­ting­hamshire NHS and our plans for the fund­ing will de­liver clear ben­e­fits for lo­cal pa­tients into the fu­ture.”

It is not known ex­actly when the new beds will be in­tro­duced.

The lat­est fund­ing comes af­ter the Gov­ern­ment granted £134 mil­lion to im­prove NHS fa­cil­i­ties in the Mid­lands.

Work is also well un­der way to im­prove the QMC’S “ma­jors” depart­ment, which deals with very sick pa­tients who fre­quently need to be ad­mit­ted to the main hos­pi­tal.

Pre­vi­ous fund­ing has al­lowed the hos­pi­tal to in­crease the amount of cu­bi­cles there from 20 to 30. It is of­ten the busiest depart­ment in A&E – and where de­lays are most likely.

Work has also been tak­ing place to cre­ate an in­te­grated ur­gent and emer­gency care cen­tre for pa­tients with less se­ri­ous in­juries.

The ex­panded ma­jors area and new ur­gent and emer­gency care cen­tre are due to open by mid-de­cem­ber.

PIC­TURE BY ROBIN MACEY OF NOT­TING­HAM AND DERBY HOT AIR BAL­LOON CLUB

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