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Royal Surrey to share £259m NHS fund
Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford is among 30 Trusts to receive extra money to fight winter pressures.
Same-day emergency care services at the Royal Surrey County Hospital will receive an investment of £2.818,000. The urgent treatment centre there will be either developed or expanded.
Elsewhere, the South East had six bids for a total of £30.2m accepted;
The emergency care fund will pay for extra beds and improvements for UTCs and same-day emergency care facilities in 20 Trusts nationwide. Funding will also go towards creating 900 ‘new’ hospital beds ahead of winter.
However, some trust bosses have raised concerns over timelines and staffing issues. The Royal Surrey, part of Surrey Heartlands ICB, has operated the major hospital with 25% less staff than it needs. Based in one of the country’s top areas for house prices, and with rents rising rapidly, finding staff is becoming increasingly difficult.
Its share of the £250m pot is part of commitments made earlier this year in the NHS urgent and emergency care recovery plan, which pledged £1bn for 2023-24 to increase capacity (see the complete list of schemes in the table below)
The funding will go towards creating 900 “new” hospital beds ahead of winter, which includes more than 60 intermediate care beds, improving assessment spaces and cubicles in accident and emergency departments, and developing or expanding urgent treatment centres and same-day emergency care services.
Trust leaders welcomed the funding but raised concerns about the announcement, stating that much of the extra capacity would not be in place until January and also raised questions about how extra beds would be staffed.
NHS England expects the “majority” of these schemes will be completed by January.