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£1.7 million to improve A&E department at New Cross Hospital

£1.7 million to improve A&E department at New Cross Hospital

Date of release: 13 August 2020

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has been awarded more than £1 million to help prepare for winter and improve facilities for patients.

The Trust will use their share of the £300 million announced by the Government to further strengthen their A&E department at New Cross Hospital.

The £1.7 million awarded to RWT will be used to create a one-way triage centre in the current main waiting area of the emergency department.

This will help patients be seen more quickly and also strengthen social distancing already in place in the department.

The funding will also be used to improve patient flow and reduce the risk of infection by being able to isolate patients. 

Gwen Nuttall, chief operating officer at RWT, said: “As we start to plan for the winter months this investment from the Government will help us make sure that staff and patients remain safe.

“The upgrades will improve flow in the department as well as making sure we have strict social distancing and hygiene measure in place to protect our patients and staff. 

“The winter months are always challenging and this funding will help us prepare for that so our patients can access our high quality care when they need it the most.”

Projects will be completed by the start of next year so hospitals benefit from the upgrades during the peak of winter.

Health Minister Edward Argar said: “Our NHS did an amazing job to ensure emergency care continued to be available for everyone who needed it during the peak of this pandemic. 

“We are announcing the details of the Trusts across the country who will receive a share of £300 million to upgrade their A&Es and support emergency care to help them to continue to deliver safe and accessible services throughout the normally busy winter period. 

“This funding is part of our record investment in NHS infrastructure to ensure our health services continues to meet the needs of the present and to be fit for future demands placed upon it.”

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