You may have seen today’s announcement from the Prime Minister regarding additional funding for NHS Trusts to upgrade their facilities ahead of winter. We are delighted to have been awarded £4million to invest in upgrades as part of the announcement.
This investment will allow:
- Expansion and reconfiguration of Acute Assessment Unit – benefits include increased space to accommodate the first stages of the Emergency Department (ED) journey; increased space for ambulance handover; and increased effectiveness of streaming decisions away from ED. This also allows the collocation of the Frailty team, who are focussed on admission avoidance, to increase their collaboration.
- Reconfiguration of current ED minors to provide additional majors cubicles.
- Refurbishment of Lyd and Fal wards to increase the number of beds available and improve outward flow from the ED.
Plans are currently being drawn up, in a bid to get the work complete in time for January. It will be a challenge but will make a big difference to our patients and staff. Thank you to everyone who has supported us with this.
Chief Operating Officer