Hampshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to receive additional funding to upgrade A&E facilities ahead of winter months.

Hampshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is to receive £1,505, 000 to upgrade A&E facilities ahead of winter as part of £1.5 billion announced by the Prime Minister to upgrade hospitals, accelerate hospital building and expand A&E facilities.

Basingstoke’s MP, Maria Miller has welcomed news that Hampshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is set to receive an additional £1,505, 000  in order to support A&E capacity ahead of the winter months. The extra funding means that the Trust will be able to increase its A&E capacity, put enhanced infection prevention and control measures in place and make improvements to emergency care and urgent treatment services.

Maria said; “Staff at Hampshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have worked tirelessly over recent months, and I would like to thank them for everything they have done to get our local community through the coronavirus pandemic.

“While we hope for the best this winter, its right that we plan for the worst. This funding to upgrade A&E across the Trust will ensure that we are in the best possible position for the challenges that the winter months may bring.

Stronger local NHS is one of my top priorities for Basingstoke, that is what I campaigned for when I was successfully re-elected in December and welcome this further funding.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said; “We continue to deliver on our promise to build back better and faster, with £300 million allocated today for NHS trusts to upgrade their facilities and improve A&E capacity.

“These upgrades will help our fantastic NHS prepare for the winter months, helping them to deliver essential services and reduce the risk of coronavirus infections.

“Thanks to the hard work and tireless efforts of NHS staff throughout the pandemic, our A&Es have remained open for the public.

“It’s vital that those who need emergency treatment this winter access it, and for those who remain concerned about visiting hospitals, let me assure you that the NHS has measures in place to keep people safe.”