Two of our hospitals in East Kent are getting a cash injection of £7 million to support A&E capacity during of the winter months.
The William Harvey in Ashford is getting an extra £3 million, while the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in Margate is set to get an extra £4 million in funding.
The funds will be used to expand and upgrade A&E facilities at the hospitals, ensuring they have enough space to treat patients, manage patient flow and improve infection control.
At the QEQM in Margate, funding will also be used to remodel the existing space to provide more cubicles for adults and children.
This will help our NHS hospitals to continue providing high quality care and treatment to people as we enter the winter months.
This extra money is on top of the £5 million already allocated to NHS providers in Kent to help prepare for winter. It takes the total extra spending on A&Es in the county up to £12 million this year.
Across the country, the Government is spending £450 million on upgrading A&Es this winter. I’m pleased Kent is getting its share of this extra funding.
People in Kent should feel safe to use A&E services this winter as we continue our battle with coronavirus.