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.
For more information, visit: http://www.devonstp.org.uk/
Bob Jope HEALTHWATCH TORBAY
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