£1 million funding boost for Shropshire A&Es to ease winter pressure
Shropshire's two main hospitals are to get a £1 million funding boost from the Government in a bid to help ease pressure on their A&E departments this winter.
The investment was announced today by the Department of Health, which will see £55.98 million of a total £100 million A&E capital funding, outlined in the spring budget by the Chancellor Philip Hammond, to ease pressure on emergency departments in time for winter to prevent the departments reaching crisis point.
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) is one of 70 hospitals and NHS Trusts to be awarded a slice of the funding.
The funding will be used by hospitals to meet the 95 per cent standard of admitting, transferring, or discharging patients within four hours by ensuring patients are treated in the most appropriate setting.
The plans outlined by trusts include primary care streaming and co-locating GP practices within A&E departments to ensure patients are treated in the most appropriate setting.
In January patients waited more than 20 hours at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital's accident and emergency department, and before the end of the month 7,000 patients had been seen in total at Shropshire two A&Es – around 300 patients per day.
At the height of the busiest period this winter, SaTH made repeated calls for people to stay away from the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford's Princess Royal unless they had a genuine emergency.
Despite the cash boost, a similar £1 million investment last year failed to help the two hospitals meet their A&E waiting time targets, with about 75 per cent of patients seen within four hours of their A&E attendance during early 2016.
This latest investment is one part of the A&E plan being implemented across the NHS this year to get performance to 95 per cent during 2018.