Extra funding of more than two million pounds is being invested in Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals in a bid to help them cope this winter.
Local GPs and hospital managers are working together to ensure those services which experience the most acute pressures, such as Hull Royal Infirmary’s Emergency Department (ED), are ready to deal with the challenges winter has in store.
NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has committed to invest £2.1m to support urgent care services at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham.
The investment comes as welcome news after the Trust recently missed out on extra Department of Health monies to support busy Emergency Departments.
Jacqueline Myers, Director of Planning and Development for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust says:
“Winter presents our hospitals with many different challenges, such as higher numbers of people coming through the doors, and many with more serious illnesses that require a longer stay in hospital.
“Quite predictably, icy weather brings an increase in slips, trips and falls. We see more people presenting with breathing difficulties, and we also tend to see an increase in the incidence of winter vomiting bugs.
“The additional funding from NHS Hull CCG is crucial to helping us manage these forthcoming challenges. Thanks to their support, we are able to increase the number of consultants in the Emergency Department and also create a temporary 8-bedded unit attached to the department where acutely ill patients can be assessed.
“On top of this, we will be opening 39 additional medical beds at Hull Royal Infirmary and investing in extra support services, such as portering, to enhance our ability to meet patients’ needs, seven days a week.”
Dr Dan Roper, a local GP and Chairman of NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group says:
“Issues created by extreme weather and outbreaks of flu and norovirus are extremely challenging for GPs, community and hospital services. It’s vital we work together during this period and have plans in place plan to manage winter pressures.
“This additional funding will help sustain local emergency care services and allow Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals to strengthen its capability to manage unexpected peaks in demand. Alongside this, the CCG is ensuring that there is extra capacity available in the community for those who are ready to be discharged.”