Local MP Welcomes Over £4 Million Extra Winter Funding for Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Member of Parliament for North East Hampshire, Ranil Jayawardena MP, is pleased to welcome £4.06 million as part of HM Government’s major funding boost to make sure the NHS performs as well as it possibly can this winter.

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust identified a scheme that will help with its emergency care capacity and has been allocated £4.06 million.

This funding will enable the NHS to deliver additional beds, redevelop A&E units and upgrade wards, enhance bed management systems, and improve ‘same-day’ emergency care.

The funding comes as part of wider allocations by the Department for Health and Social Care to help hospitals to deliver improvements in their A&E performance ahead of winter. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, announced a total of 81 new schemes, totalling £145 million of capital investment.

In July, HM Government provided £36.3 million to ambulance trusts to prepare for winter also. The money will pay for 256 new ambulances as well as ‘make ready’ hubs at ambulance trust headquarters to allow better restocking and maintenance of vehicles.

Ranil Jayawardena MP said:

"I’m committed to the success of our local NHS and that local people should have access to excellent services. Our dedicated doctors and nurses provide some of the best care in the world, but we all know that, as we approach winter, the cold weather takes its toll and it’s always the busiest time of year."

He continued:

"It is good news that HM Government has risen to the challenge and is acting early to provide our local NHS with over £4 million more to make preparations and make sure our local hospitals can cope this winter.

"The truth is that it’s because we have a strong economy that we can afford a strong NHS. This additional funding for better equipment and extra care is yet another win for North East Hampshire and beyond."

You can find out more on HM Government's announcement here.