Worcester’s MP Robin Walker will be fully supporting new capital funding bids to be submitted by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to the Department for Health & Social Care, which see a huge £60 million investment for the Worcestershire Royal Hospital. News of the funding bids coincides with the Government’s NHS Funding Bill 2020, which received its second reading in the House of Commons this week, and once passed will see a £33.9 billion increase in NHS funding – the largest cash increase in the history of the NHS.
At a recent meeting between senior management of the Acute Trust and Worcestershire MPs, the proposals to be put to the Department include:
- Expansion of the Emergency Department at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
- Creation of additional Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) assessment space
- Creation of a designated Paediatric Emergency Department
- A new diagnostic facility and a larger stroke ward
- Introduction of a Digital Care Record as part of the new ambitious Digital Strategy adopted by the Acute Trust.
- Expansion of the Emergency Department and additional SDEC assessment space at Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.
These proposals would see an additional capital investment of £60 million for Worcestershire Royal Hospital, £20 million for Alexandra Hospital and £22 million for the Digital Care Record. This would be on top of the £29 million capital funding which Robin helped secure previously to address capacity issues and deliver more beds at the Worcestershire Royal site. Two new wards are to be opened next month, and a further ward in June 2020 – resulting in an increase of 51 additional adult beds.
Following the meeting with the Trust, Robin said:
“I very much welcome the proposals set out by the Acute Trust and the proposed £60 million capital investment for Worcestershire Royal. During the election, I made it clear that my number one priority was the NHS and I made the case for further investment directly to the Health Secretary when he visited Worcester last November. The £29 million which I helped secure previously has made a difference, but more investment is needed to address the challenges that the Hospital currently faces.”
“I am pleased that the Acute Trust will be bidding to the Department to take advantage of the additional funding that this Government is making available to support our treasured NHS and I will be working with my fellow Worcestershire MPs to champion these proposals within the coming weeks to ensure Worcester gets its fair share.
“This investment would make a massive difference to improve services for my constituents, especially the creation of the dedicated Children’s Emergency Department and the expansion of the Emergency Departments at both hospitals sites, which would help to ease the burden placed upon Worcestershire Royal.”
Notes to editors
To read Robin’s previous statements on Worcestershire Royal Hospital and local health services, please see: