Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will benefit from an extra £3 million to refurbish wards, brand new electrics and upgraded ventilation systems. Worcester’s MP Robin Walker has welcomed the announcement.
The Trust will receive the investment to carry out the work, which could include building new or refurbishing buildings to deliver key services, upgrades to electrical infrastructure, improvements to ventilation systems, works to improve fire safety and the replacement of hospital lifts. The work will be completed by March 2021.
The money is part of a £1.5 billion announced by the Prime Minister in the summer to level up hospital infrastructure across the NHS. While £600 million will be spent on these critical maintenance upgrades, the remainder will be spent on modernising mental health facilities, expanding A&E capacity and improving infection control ahead of winter. Some of the money will go towards improving facilities at the Worcester Royal Hospital.
Commenting, Robin said:
“It was great to hear that the Worcestershire Acute Trust will benefit from this funding to carry out vital maintenance work over the coming months. I know this money will be put to good use to help future-proof facilities in my constituency.
“Projects like these will provide NHS staff with the facilities they need to enable the continuation of world-class care to patients, helping our NHS to build back better after the pandemic.
“This year has shown us all how vital the NHS is to our country and I am glad the government has made this its top spending priority, investing more than ever before in people and facilities.”
Also commenting, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:
“Alongside delivering on our manifesto commitment to build 40 new hospitals and 20 major hospital upgrades across the country, this investment will help our NHS build back better.
“These crucial maintenance projects will deliver immediate benefits and provide NHS staff with the facilities they need to provide world-class care to their patients this winter, helping ensure the NHS is always there for you when you need it.”