The Trust is getting £3m to improve Emergency Department facilities ready for the winter. A new two-storey modular building should be up and running by the end of the year.
Chief executive Diane Wake said: “I am delighted by the Prime Minister’s announcement. This £3m contribution towards our new modular build is fabulous news for our patients.
“The build will be linked to our Emergency Department to provide combined assessment facilities and same day emergency assessment and care.
“The assessments facilities in the hospital will relocate there freeing up more than 60 beds to help with winter pressure, the safe management of COVID-19 and the requirements for social distancing and segregation.”
Chief operating officer Karen Kelly added: “This investment is tremendous news and comes on the back of £20.3m investment in redesigning our Emergency Department to provide more resuscitation cubicles.
“This new development will allow us to radically redesign the area, make better use of space and improve the way patients flow through the department, ultimately improving their care and experience.
“Following submission of the full business case, we hope this work will start in spring 2021.”
We are one of 117 Trusts to share in £300m of Government funding to help prepare for winter pressures and the risk of further COVID-19 outbreaks.