£11.9m for A&E
EXTRA CRITICAL CARE BEDS WILL CUT QMC WAITING TIMES
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.