NHS in Kent to get extra £5 million to prepare for winter

I’m pleased that NHS services in Kent will be getting an extra £5 million to upgrade facilities this winter.

This is part of a £300 million fund to improve A&E services across the country.

It’s important people feel confident to visit A&E for the treatment they need. I hope this extra funding will give reassurance to those who remain concerned that strict social distancing and hygiene measures are in place to protect patients.

Under allocations announced by the Prime Minister on 11 August, Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership will receive £750,000, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust will receive £1.8 million, and Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust will receive £2.8 million.

Hospitals could use the new funding to expand waiting areas and increase the number of treatment cubicles or increase the provision of same day emergency care.

Projects will be completed by the start of next year so hospitals benefit from the upgrades during the peak of winter.

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.