QEH to receive £1.9 million additional funding to upgrade A&E facilities ahead of winter
- By Elaine Bird
- 11 August 2020
- King’s Lynn
James Wild MP has welcomed news that Queen Elizabeth Hospital is set to receive an additional £1.9 million in order to support A&E capacity a head of the winter months.
The extra £1.9 million means that the Trust will be able to increase its A&E capacity, put enhanced infection prevention and control measures in place and make improvements to emergency care and urgent treatment services.
Across England, the Government is providing £300 million to A&E departments, with work to be completed by the start of next year so hospitals can benefit from the upgrades during the peak of winter.
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 rebuild Britain 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 also to maintain the Nightingale hospitals until the end of March next year.
Commenting on the investment, James Wild MP said: “All the Staff at QEH have worked incredibly hard responding to Covid-19 and I pay tribute to everything they have done for the people of West Norfolk and beyond.
"This welcome new funding as part of record investment in the NHS will upgrade A&E to help ensure we are as prepared as possible for the challenges that the winter months will bring.
"The QEH is my top priority and I will continue to work with the QEH team to make the case for further investment to modernise the hospital as part of the health infrastructure plan.”