The local MP for Hastings and Rye, Sally-Ann Hart MP, has welcomed further investment of nearly £4 million in capital projects for the East Sussex NHS Trust, which includes the Conquest Hospital.
On hearing the announcement, Sally-Ann said, “I am thrilled that our local NHS Trust has received further investment for the vital capital projects they need to undertake. This funding is aimed at preparing our local health service for the winter months ahead. We know that the Covid19 pandemic put pressure on our NHS and care system earlier this year, and this funding will now be used to support local health services to prepare for winter pressures.”
This addition funding is part of a £300 million pound investment in NHS Trusts around the country to help prepare for the oncoming winter.
Hospitals could use the new funding to expand waiting areas and increase the number of treatment cubicles, helping them boost A&E capacity by providing additional space, reducing overcrowding and improving infection control measures.
They could also increase the provision of same day emergency care and improve patient flow in the hospital to help the NHS respond to winter pressures and the risk from further outbreaks of coronavirus.
Projects will be completed by the start of next year so hospitals benefit from the upgrades during the peak of winter.
“The leadership from Dr Adrian Bull over the past few years, and the hard work of his team of Doctors, Nurses, Porters, Cleaners, administrators, you name it, everyone has pulled together at the Trust to turn it around and make it the outstanding Trust it is today. This additional funding will help the local team build upon their hard work and ensure our local hospital is prepared for the winter months and the pressures that may come,” said Sally-Ann