Hospital gets £400k to fight winter bug

New central hub will help ‘streamline flow of patients’

Warwick Hospital.

WARWICK Hospital will get £400,000 in extra government funding to ease pressure on its A&E services over the winter.

The money is part of an overall £20.7million funding package which has been shared across 27 hospitals in England.

Last winter Warwick Hospital actually just exceeded its target of admitting, transferring or discharging 95 per cent of A&E patients within four hours.

A spokesperson for the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Warwick, said: “The additional money is enabling the trust to make improvements in A&E to support early decision making, as well as ensuring care is given in the most appropriate setting.

“With the funding we are creating a new central hub area.

“This enhanced facility will allow staff to have easy access to patient information, which will help to streamline the flow of patients and support integrated working across all partner organisations including primary care, local authority and the voluntary sector.”

Health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said: “The NHS prepares well in advance for winter each year, but despite the hard work and dedication of staff, demand on services continues to increase as a result of our ageing population.

“This vital investment will help hospitals change the way they assess and see patients so people are given the most appropriate medical care as quickly as possible.”

This money is part of the dedicated funding announced in the spring budget to ensure local A&Es are prepared for the additional demands that winter brings.