Matt Warman, MP for Boston and Skegness, has welcomed the announcement of further money from the Government’s £100 million A&E fund being allocated to hospitals across the country, including the United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust (ULHT).
The Trust will receive £968,000, which will help our local hospitals get prepared for winter early and be properly equipped to give the best care. That includes patients being assessed by a clinician when they arrive in A&E, so they can access the best and most appropriate care for their needs. It will also mean that hospitals will be able to build GP practices within the A&E where those with less urgent needs can receive treatment, helping to alleviate pressure.
The investment will help to improve performance and make sure the vast majority of patients are seen within 4 hours of arriving at hospital.
Matt commented, “There is increased pressure on our hospitals, especially once the weather starts to turn colder. This funding is very welcome for our local hospitals in Lincolnshire, including Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, and will help them to prepare well in advance for winter. This investment will change the way local hospitals assess and see patients so they can get the most appropriate and best quality medical care for their needs. And it simply would not exist without the Conservative commitment to running a successful economy that can power our brilliant NHS.”
- The Government has made £100 million of capital available for up to 100 new triage projects at English hospitals in time for next winter. £100 million capital has been specifically ring-fenced for primary care streaming (HMT, Spring Budget, 8 March 2017, link).
- Each trust awarded funding had to put forward a bid with a business case and proposal to help streamline their emergency departments’ facilities and/or operations. The bids cover trusts across England, and all represent capital infrastructure projects that can be in place to facilitate A&E streaming for next winter.