Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, has welcomed the news that Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham, is to benefit from £5,925,000.
The funding comes from a pot of £600 million, which is earmarked to tackle critical maintenance work at 178 NHS Trusts across England. This work could include building new or refurbishing buildings, installing brand-new electrics, upgrading ventilation systems, improving fire safety or replacing ageing lifts.
In all, the local NHS Trust will spend the new cash on 11 different projects, with all work due to be completed by March 2021 so that hospital staff, patients and visitors will see immediate improvements.
The £600 million comes itself from a £1.5 billion pledge made by Boris Johnson back in June, with the rest of the funding going towards modernising mental health facilities and expanding A&E capacity by expanding waiting areas and increasing the number of treatment cubicles, as well as improving infection control ahead of winter.
Hull hospitals had previously benefited from £4,297,000 of this capacity-building and infection control funding back in August.
“The Government has pledged to give more funding to our NHS, so I’m very pleased to see that it is following through on these promises – especially at such a crucial time.
“The tough restrictions during November have succeeded in bringing the coronavirus ‘R’ rate down, the rate at which it spreads, but we still have to be extra careful at a time when the NHS also experiences its usual winter pressures. That’s why our unprecedented flu and Covid-19 vaccine rollouts are so important – to prevent the most vulnerable from falling ill.
“This funding is great news, coming as it does on top of billions of pounds for dozens of new hospitals by 2030 and tens of thousands more nurses and doctors by 2025.”
Castle Hill Hospital was recently confirmed as one of the country’s 50-odd Covid-19 vaccination hubs, meaning that eligible people in the East Riding and Hull will be able to benefit from local access to the UK’s largest programme of immunisation in its history.
The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, added: “These crucial maintenance projects will deliver immediate benefits and provide NHS staff with the facilities they need to provide world-class care to their patients this winter, helping ensure the NHS is always there for you when you need it.”
The Government has also confirmed that the Yorkshire Ambulance Service is set to benefit from £148,000 funding to carry out maintenance.
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