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£1.2m Hospital Refit Cash

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7:01am 7th March 2012

The government is pouring more than a million pounds in to extend A & E at Treliske.

The money means building work will begin in the autumn.

Demand in the Emergency Department has increased by 10% over the past five years. 60,000 emergency patients use it every year with greater demand during the summer when the population swells.

This week Pirate FM revealed the Royal Cornwall Hospital had been forced to turn an admissions lounge into a makeshift ward to cope with a surge in demand.

Andy Virr, Lead Consultant in Emergency Medicine for RCHT, said: “This investment is excellent news for our patients and a big boost to the RCHT Emergency Department Team. The current Emergency Department opened in the early 1990s and this money will now enable us to greatly improve the facilities and experience of patients accessing our services. A high quality Emergency Department is critical for the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and for many it is their first experience of RCHT services. We are delighted that this money will kick start one of our top priority projects for the next 12 months.”  

Royal Cornwall Hospital is one of the many hospitals across England to receive funding for new operating theatres, emergency departments and other services as well as new scanners and ultrasound equipment as part of the overall £330 million allocation.

RCHT Medical Director Paul Upton said: “This investment from the Department of Health will make a significant difference to our patient’s overall experience of NHS services, improving patient flow, privacy and dignity and access.”

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “I want NHS patients across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to get the best care and treatment.  We have saved money in central capital budgets this year which means we can spend more money on improving NHS facilities. This will mean that more patients will benefit from the latest world class equipment.”

Another £500,000 on refitting ambulances in the southwest.

It will mean patients vital stats can be electronically sent to the hospital before they arrive.

7:01am 7th March 2012

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