£40m A&E unit ‘will trans­form hos­pi­tal’

Sur­geons and med­i­cal staff will work to­gether ‘at front door’

The Scarborough News - - WELCOME TO YOUR NEWS - By Carl Gav­aghan Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­port­ing Ser­vice news­[email protected]­me­dia.co.uk

Scar­bor­ough Hos­pi­tal is set to be “trans­formed” by a

£40 mil­lion in­vest­ment into its emer­gency care fa­cil­i­ties.

Ear­lier this month, York Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal NHS Foun­da­tion Trust an­nounced it had been suc­cess­ful in its bid for the fund­ing from the Gov­ern­ment to cre­ate a Com­bined Emer­gency Assess­ment Unit on the site.

The trust’s Fi­nance Di­rec­tor An­drew Ber­tram told a meet­ing of its Coun­cil of Gov­er­nors that it would give the hos­pi­tal “sta­teof-art fa­cil­i­ties”.

He said that £22m of the money would be used to cre­ate the unit, which would see sur­geons and the med­i­cal staff work­ing to­gether at the front door of the emer­gency unit.

He said: “We know we can’t re­cruit ac­ci­dent and emer­gency doc­tors into Scar­bor­ough so ac­tu­ally bring­ing the med­i­cal and sur­gi­cal teams to the front door to be part of a three-way med­i­cal team will de­liver our acute med­i­cal model.”

Mr Ber­tram added that sev­eral mil­lion pounds would be used to up­grade the power sup­ply to the hos­pi­tal, which is at break­ing point.

“We have a ma­jor prob­lem in Scar­bor­ough with the elec­tri­cal in­fra­struc­ture and the feed into the site,” he said.

“It is ab­so­lutely get­ting to the point where we can’t plug any­thing else in and we have big as­pi­ra­tions to plug lots of new di­ag­nos­tic tools in at Scar­bor­ough.”

He said the rest of the money would be used to clear a main­te­nance back­log at the hos­pi­tal to bring the site “up to scratch”.

He added: “This will be­come an ex­am­ple for oth­ers to fol­low.”

Scar­bor­ough Hos­pi­tal’s cur­rent A&E depart­ment. In­set, how we broke the news about the £40m an­nounce­ment ear­lier this month.

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