Robin Walker, MP for Worcester, has welcomed the announcement of an additional £3.9million in revenue funding for local health services in Worcestershire.
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust received confirmation this week of the funds, which are being delivered as part of the £337million winter resilience investment unveiled by the Chancellor in last month’s Budget.
Of the investment, £1.3million has been allocated to the Acute Trust to help meet costs in providing urgent and planned care throughout the winter period – including opening and staffing additional beds.
The remaining £2.6million will be shared between NHS organisations across the county including the Acute Trust, the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), and Worcestershire Health and Care Trust, to further improve A&E performance during the winter period.
The money is due to be targeted at a number of initiatives in local hospitals and the in the community, including:
- Further expansion and additional staffing of the Evergreen 2 ward at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital (WRH), providing specialist rehabilitation for patients who are medically fit but are awaiting discharge to an appropriate setting
- The purchase of additional nursing home beds for patients to support their discharge from hospital
- Moving the countywide frailty unit at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch to seven day working
- Increasing the number of district nurses and other community-based health care staff available to care for patients in their own homes, reducing demand for hospital beds.
The confirmation of this funding will mean that all the local NHS organisations, as well as Worcestershire County Council, will now be able to begin investing in additional capacity as part of their countywide winter plan.
Speaking after the announcement, Robin said:
“Every year the winter poses a particular challenge to health services due to the combination of cold weather, increased levels of flu, sicker patients and staff illness. It is vital that we ensure our NHS continues to deliver the highest quality of care for patients throughout this period, and that is why I welcome this investment.”
“As always I am proud of our dedicated NHS staff who work so hard to deliver this world-class care, and am very glad that they are being supported by this additional funding which will help to ensure that our hospitals and other health services are as resilient as they can be throughout the winter.”
“I recently visited the new Ambulatory Emergency Care unit which opened at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital last month after nearly £1million of investment, and following that visit pressed Ministers to deliver the additional winter funding and so I am delighted to see that this has now been confirmed. With the record-breaking funding announcement earlier this year of £29 million capital funding for Worcester and Redditch, this additional funding remains extremely welcome.”
“I have spoken to Health Minister Phillip Dunne this morning regarding the £29million capital funding grant and am delighted that the outline business plan submitted by the acute trust was approved within days of reaching the Department of Health. I thank the Department for the speed of their response which means that a full business case can now be submitted to enable the delivery of this funding as soon as possible.”
Notes to editors
For Robin’s recent and previous releases on the NHS in Worcester and his campaigns to upgrade the facilities in local hospitals see: