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Government announced emergency cash boost for NHS trust
Airedale Hospital has been given a cash boost of almost £1.5m to deal with any “emergency demand” it will face in the upcoming winter months.
The money is part of £250m funding announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt yesterday, which will be used for both short-term help to deal with winter and a more long-term shake up of A&E departments.
Airedale’s A&E has been hit hard in recent months, with the number of people having to wait more than four hours rising by 265 per cent in the past year.
The Steeton hospital will get £1,450,000 in “emergency demand funding” from the latest Government cash injection.
Mr Hunt has announced grants of £250m to 53 different NHS Trusts, and said the funding will go towards “fundamentally changing” A&E services.
He also announced that from next year, NHS services will be more joined up, with patients being given a named clinician who would co-ordinate their care from hospitals to care homes to home care.
Mr Hunt said: “This winter is going to be tough – that’s why the Government is acting now to make sure patients receive a great, safe service, even with the added pressures the cold weather brings.”
The Airedale NHS Trust is waiting to hear if its plans for a larger A&E department will get the go ahead from Bradford Council.
After learning of the funding yesterday, Stacey Hunter, director of operations at the trust said: “It will help us to continue with the changes we are making to our ways of working as well as allowing us to plan earlier for the winter secure in the knowledge that additional funding for these improvements has been made available.
“It will also support us to be in a better position to cope with what everyone recognises will be a challenging winter.”
Keighley MP Kris Hopkins said: “This is tremendously good news for Airedale patients who can be assured that the hospital and its staff will now be even better prepared to deal with the challenges that winter brings.”
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Wharfedale Hospital, was given £1,890,000 emergency funding.
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