Today the Government have announced that Worcester Royal Hospital will benefit from a £2.5 million capital injection for its A&E unit. This forms part of a wider injection of £150 million to expand and upgrade A&E units across the UK, ensuring they have the physical space to treat patients, manage patient flow and improve infection control.
This announcement forms part of an additional £300 million announced recently for 117 Trusts to upgrade their facilities, meaning the Government has now invested £450 million to upgrade A&Es this winter.
The £2.5 million capital works programme at Worcestershire Royal will involve re-locating the Medical Assessment Unit, and the creation of a new ambulatory emergency care and Stroke ward. This will add extra capacity for the emergency department expansion and increased same day emergency care.
Building work is expected to start soon and will be completed by the start of next year so hospitals benefit from the upgrades during the peak of winter.
Commenting Mark said:
“The funding boost is great news for our area as we head into winter. It will boost capacity so patients will be able to get the care they need and when they need it.”
Mark went on to say that “the redevelopment of the Emergency Department at Worcestershire Royal is very welcome and vital to help ensure social distancing and reduce the spread of infection.”