Funding Boost for Torbay Hospital

(Last Updated On: September 20, 2018)

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Hospitals in Devon have been given more than £3.7 million to improve care for patients over winter.

The Government money will be spent on projects designed to help winter pressures at the county’s four acute hospitals ahead of winter, including £340,000 for key improvements to urgent and emergency care at Torbay Hospital.

The funding will enable the hospital’s Trust to expand the waiting area and create four new treatment areas in its ambulatory unit, to improve the resuscitation area, and to buy new patient trolleys and cardiac monitors.

Medical Director at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust Dr Rob Dyer, says: ‘The Trust is delighted to be awarded this money. It will help us improve our experience for patients, create a better working environment for our staff and help us avoid patients waiting longer than they need to. We plan to have the work at Torbay Hospital completed by the end of November, in time for the busiest winter period.’

In the last 12 months, Devon has attracted £30 million of national funding to enhance urgent and emergency care services, with Torbay Hospital upgrading its A&E department and establishing Urgent Care Centres in Torbay and Newton Abbot.

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!