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Extra £336m for facilities and equipment

Extra £336m for facilities and equipment

A NUMBER OF trusts are to share in £336m of extra funding for equipment and facilities. The money will be spent on new operating theatres, A&E departments and other services along with CT scanners and ultrasound equipment.

According to the DoH, money has become available as a result of tighter financial controls, including savings on planned IT systems delivery during the current financial year. The projects include new urgent care centres in hospitals in East Lancashire and Hillingdon and an upgrade to the existing urgent care centre at St Helier Hospital. The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust will also develop a purpose-built A&E department. This will incorporate an urgent care centre next to operating theatres to promote integrated care. Facilities will include acute inpatient assessment, specialist inpatient care theatres and critical care. This will be of huge benefit to patients and will reduce travel time between departments to a minimum.

Scarborough General Hospital will build a new dedicated paediatric facility, which will look after around 5,000 paediatric in-patients and 4,500 paediatric out-patients. New CT scanners will be bought for hospitals in Dorset, East Sussex and Newham.

Birmingham Women’s Hospital will be able to deliver an additional 650 babies every year in Birmingham and beyond. There will also be a purpose built recovery area and a new induction suite. Better breast screening equipment will mean more women can be screened for cancer. NHS East London and City will receive £1.1m, which will mean an extra 10,000 women across Hackney and Newham will be invited for breast screening.

Other beneficiaries of the extra funding are community hospitals in Bridgewater, Tewkesbury, Purley and Surbiton, which will be re-vamped to benefit over 200,000 patients.

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