Additional funding welcomed for emergency care

An additional £250m has been allocated to 53 NHS trusts to reduce pressure on Emergency Departments this winter, the Secretary of State announced today.


Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which was awarded £914,000, welcomed the additional funding.  Karen Partington, Chief Executive said, “The number of people needing urgent care and treatment increased last year, and many of those patients required a longer than average stay in hospital.  This compromised our ability to see, treat and admit Emergency Department patients as quickly as we would expect, and increased waiting times for planned procedures.


“The additional money will help fund a number of schemes and projects that will reduce unnecessary hospital admission, and enable safe and timely discharge from hospital.”


Dr Gora Bangi, Chair of Chorley and South Ribble Clinical Commissioning Group said, “The population is ageing, and people are living for longer with multiple complex and chronic health conditions.  We are working with hospitals, GPs, community services and social care to plan how we provide services in the future, to help people stay well, and to make sure patients can quickly and easily access the support they need in the appropriate setting.”