Worcester MP Robin Walker has welcomed news that the Worcestershire Royal Hospital is set to receive an additional £2,500,000 in order to support A&E capacity ahead of the winter months.

Robin is pleased that this comes in addition to the £3 million recently approved for the redevelopment of the Severn Campus at the University of Worcester to create the new green infrastructure for extra nursing and health students.

The £2,500,000 will be used to expand and upgrade A&E facilities at the hospital, ensuring they have enough space to treat patients, manage patient flow and improve infection control.

The funding will be used for re-locating the Medical Assessment Unit, ambulatory emergency care and Stroke ward, releasing capacity for the emergency department expansion and increased same day emergency care.

It is part of £150 million to be shared across 25 A&Es, with the money being used to expand waiting areas and increase the number of treatment cubicles. It is on top of the £300 million provided by the Government to upgrade A&Es announced last month (August) – taking the total investment in A&Es this winter to £450 million.

In June, the Prime Minister announced plans to accelerate £5 billion of infrastructure spending as part of his New Deal for Britain – an ambitious economic strategy to build back better after coronavirus, by putting jobs, skills and infrastructure investment at the heart of the Government’s plans. This funding forms part of the New Deal, which allocated a total of £1.5 billion this year for hospital maintenance, hospital building and A&E expansion.

The funding also comes on top of the additional £3 billion that the Prime Minister recently announced to help prepare the NHS for the winter months ahead. This funding will allow the NHS to continue to use the extra hospital capacity acquired from the independent sector through the coronavirus pandemic, and to maintain the Nightingale hospitals until the end of March next year.

Since being elected, Robin has long campaigned for investment in the hospital including stroke services and head and neck cancer treatments and surgeries to be kept within the county, a new breast cancer unit, a midwife-led birth centre, a state of the art oncology unity and expansion to the Accident and Emergency department, opened the link bridge as well as a new ward, which has delivered 94 new beds to the Worcester and is delighted with the news of additional £2,500,000 for the hospital ahead of winter.

Speaking after the announcement, Robin said:

“Staff at Worcestershire Royal Hospital have worked tirelessly over recent months, and I would like to thank them for everything they have done to get our local community through the coronavirus pandemic.”

“While we hope for the best this winter, its right that we plan for the worst. This funding to upgrade A&E across the Trust will ensure that we are in the best possible position for the challenges that the winter months may bring.”

“The NHS is my top priority and I was re-elected last December on a promise to deliver record NHS investment and level up the health service across the country. I am delighted to see the Government is getting on with doing exactly that.”

Also commenting, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:

“We are investing £450 million to make sure our A&E departments are ready for winter. Hospitals around the country will be able to expand and upgrade to ensure they can continue safely treating patients in the coming months.

“During the peak of the pandemic we saw millions of people using NHS 111 to get the best possible advice on Covid-19, and other urgent NHS services. These pilots will build on this and test whether we can deliver quicker access to the right care, provide a better service for the public and ensure our dedicated NHS staff aren’t overwhelmed.

“We all need to play our part by washing our hands regularly, using a face covering and keeping our distance from those not in our household. We are determined to protect the NHS as we did during the peak.”

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Notes to Editors

  • Providing £450 million to upgrade A&E facilities ahead of the winter months. The funding will be used to expand waiting areas, increase the number of treatment cubicles and increase the provision of same day emergency care, with all work to be completed by the start of 2021
  • Providing an additional £3 billion to the NHS in England to ensure that it can continue providing world-class care throughout the winter months ahead. This will allow the NHS to continue to use the extra hospital capacity acquired from the independent sector and also to maintain the Nightingale hospitals until the end of March 2021. This funding comes on top of the £30 billion we have already announced for health and social care this year
  • Providing an additional £1.5 billion this year for hospital maintenance, modernising the mental health estate, accelerating new hospital building projects, and expanding A&E capacity. This includes the £300 million for A&E upgrades, and will improve patient care, make sure NHS hospitals can deliver world-leading services and reduce the risk of coronavirus infections