Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital gets £6million for A&E winter upgrade

The accident and emergency department at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has been handed £6million in government cash for a winter upgrade.

It will be splashed on more treatment cubicles and improving infection control at the health hub in Wonford.

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust is one of five in the South West to benefit from an extra £29.7million in Whitehall money to support A&E capacity.

Funding at the RD&E will be spent on six extra major trauma cubicles for infectious patients and the re-provision of the minor injuries and musculoskeletal facilities due to an expansion of the major trauma unit.

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust has been given £9million and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust £7.7million.

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has received £2million and Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust £5million.

The trusts will use the cash to expand and upgrade A&E facilities, ensuring they have enough space to treat people, manage patient flow and improve infection control.

It is part of £150million being spent nationwide.

This is on top of £300million provided by the Government to upgrade A&E departments announced last month.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We are investing £450million to make sure our A&E departments are ready for winter.

“Hospitals around the country will be able to expand and upgrade to ensure they can continue safely treating patients in the coming months.

“During the peak of the pandemic we saw millions of people using NHS 111 to get the best possible advice on Covid-19 and other urgent NHS services.

“These pilots will build on this and test whether we can deliver quicker access to the right care, provide a better service for the public and ensure our dedicated NHS staff aren’t overwhelmed.

“We all need to play our part by washing our hands regularly, using a face covering and keeping our distance from those not in our household.

“We are determined to protect the NHS as we did during the peak.”

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