Date of release: 21st February, 2014
Over the last few weeks members of the Executive Team at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust have been working with the senior team from Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust , local commissioners other Trusts and West Midlands Ambulance Service to ensure that the best possible arrangements are in place to support the pressure on the A&E at Stafford Hospital.
This has resulted in a number of additional ambulances coming to New Cross Hospital.
All partners have agreed a plan for the next few months which includes additional nursing support from University Hospital of North Staffordshire to Stafford Hospital and the opening of additional beds on the New Cross site, which will be funded by the Staffordshire Commissioners.
This plan was gratefully received and approved by the Trust Special Administrators of Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust at an extraordinary meeting of their Trust Board late yesterday (Thursday).
David Loughton CBE, Chief Executive of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, said: “It is important that we all work together to ensure safe care for patients from Staffordshire whilst maintaining services for local people. In order to support additional work at New Cross we are opening some more beds with additional staff.”