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Prime Minister confirms funding to prepare the NHS for winter

11/08/2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces the 117 Trusts allocated share of £300 million to upgrade A&E facilities.

NHS trusts across the country have today been allocated a share of £300 million to upgrade their facilities ahead of winter, the Prime Minister will confirm, with Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust receiving £4,297,000.

The PM will also urge the public to feel confident to visit A&E for the treatment they need, reassuring those who remain concerned that strict social distancing and hygiene measures are in place to protect patients.

Hospitals could use the new funding to expand waiting areas and increase the number of treatment cubicles, helping them boost A&E capacity by providing additional space, reducing overcrowding and improving infection control measures.

They could also increase the provision of same day emergency care and improve patient flow in the hospital to help the NHS respond to winter pressures and the risk from further outbreaks of coronavirus.

Projects will be completed by the start of next year so hospitals benefit from the upgrades during the peak of winter. Last year the PM also confirmed 20 hospitals will receive a share of £850 million to upgrade outdated facilities and equipment.

This comes after the PM committed to investing in world class infrastructure, and building back better and faster to help support our economic recovery and jobs.

This funding forms part of an extra £1.5 billion capital funding announced by the PM.

Last month, the PM confirmed an additional £3 billion of funding to the NHS in England to get ready for winter. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will also receive additional funds. This will allow the NHS to continue to use the extra hospital capacity acquired from the independent sector, maintain the Nightingale hospitals until the end of March and expand their flu vaccination programme.

To further support A&Es this winter, anyone with a non-emergency care need is urged to contact 111 (online or by phone) or their GP first.

Read more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-confirms-funding-to-prepare-the-nhs-for-winter

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