Worcester’s Member of Parliament Robin Walker has opened a vital link bridge at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital (WRH) which is set to increase bed capacity and ease waiting times.

On Friday (25th January) Worcestershire’s MPs came out in force to visit the hospital, officially opening the £3million link bride connecting the main hospital with the new 28-bed Aconbury ward. Robin, alongside Harriet Baldwin MP (West Worcestershire), Rachel Maclean MP (Redditch), Mark Garnier MP (Wyre Forest) and Sajid Javid MP (Bromsgrove), met with ward staff and the acute trust’s new CEO Matthew Hopkins during the visit.

The funding for the bridge is part of a £29.6million capital funding pot secured by the Worcestershire Acute Trust to increase bed capacity, improve waiting times and expand parking facilities. The bridge will alleviate pressure for patients and hospital staff during the busy winter months, and improve the overall efficiency of the Royal.

The opening of the bridge and the ward are part of a series of planned improvements to ease the winter pressure for Worcestershire hospitals. Last month, Robin praised the opening of the Discharge Lounge at WRH which provides 18 extra spaces to take in patients waiting to be discharged, thus freeing up key treatment spaces for those who need them the most.

Speaking outside of the Worcestershire Royal, Robin said:

“As Worcester’s MP, getting our NHS working really well for local people is a top priority. I have campaigned hard for the £29million of investment in our hospital over the past few years, and I’ve just been here at the Royal to open the link bridge and the new ward capacity, which will allow Worcester, alongside the Alex in Redditch, to deliver 75 new beds for our local NHS.”

“This is part of a plan to turn around our Acute Trust to make sure it’s performing really well, reducing our ambulance wait times and reducing the queues that we’ve seen at A&E, which is a key part of the Government’s national plan to invest £20.5billion in our NHS over the next five years, making sure it’s fit for purpose in the 21st century. I’m determined to keep working with our local hospital trust management and staff to deliver the best NHS possible for Worcester, and I’m delighted we’ve taken a step forward today with this much needed new capacity.”


Notes to editors

For further details on the Department of Health and Social Care’s £1bn round of funding allocations, see https://www.gov.uk/government/news/1-billion-of-funding-to-upgrade-nhs-services-in-england

For details of the Acute Trust’s appointment of Matthew Hopkins as Chief Executive, see https://www.worcsacute.nhs.uk/news-and-media/763-appointment-of-chief-executive-at-worcestershire-acute-hospitals-nhs-trust

For Robin’s recent statement on the Budget’s announcements on NHS spending, see https://www.walker4worcester.com/walker-praises-budget-move-to-provide-mental-health-units-to-all-schools-and-aes/

For Robin’s previous statements on health and the NHS, see https://www.walker4worcester.com/category/health/