West Suffolk Hospital’s £785,000 extra funding to help deal with winter pressures | Health

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. Photograph Simon Parker

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. Photograph Simon Parker

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A hospital has been given an extra £785,000 to help it cope with extra demand in the course of the busy winter season.

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. Photograph Simon ParkerWest Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. Photograph Simon Parker

West Suffolk Hospital stated it had seen a “significant increase in emergency admissions” throughout November and December in contrast to the identical interval the yr earlier than, because the chilly and harsh winter bites.

Over the Christmas and New Year, it stated it had additionally seen a “significant and sustained increase in demand compared to the same period last year” and stated that whereas it could minimise cancellation of non-emergency operations: “At the moment we must care for our sickest patients first.”

However Craig Black, government director of assets for the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, stated he was happy to obtain a considerable sum – which is equal to 18 workers nurse salaries – from the £337m funding enhance from the federal government for hospitals in the course of the finances.

“Winter demand is placing a very real pressure on our organisation and on our hard-working staff,” he stated

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. Photograph Simon ParkerWest Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. Photograph Simon Parker

“Our intention is to use the vast majority of this allotted winter cash to present extra staffing help in our emergency division.

But he stated the general public may additionally help relieve stress on the busy Bury St Edmunds hospital, which takes sufferers from Thetford and surrounding areas.

“The public can also help us,” he stated.

“For any non-life threatening or non-emergency issues, please consider using NHS 111, accessing your GP or speaking to a pharmacy.”

West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock stated: “This is nice information for West Suffolk sufferers and residents.

“We all need to know the NHS is there for us and our households every time we want it, so I’m happy the federal government is giving the NHS extra help at this vital time of yr, when chilly climate and flu can improve the pressures on hard-working hospital workers.

“It’s thanks to our strong economy that we can make this extra investment in the NHS. Polls show the NHS is the institution that makes us most proud to be British, and my party will always back and fund it.”

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