Bill Wiggin MP today welcomed the news that following his most recent question to the Prime Minister in June, the Wye Valley NHS Trust has been allocated £3.6 million for a scheme which will help with its bed capacity.

Bill Wiggin MP received a letter from the Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, below:

“Dear Bill,

Improved emergency care, new beds, and enhanced equipment as part of major funding boost for hospitals ahead of winter

To make sure the NHS performs as well as it possibly can this winter we are funding hospitals to deliver improvements in their A&E performance.

A total of 81 new schemes, totalling £145 million of capital investment, have been prioritised from within the Department’s capital budget for hospitals across the country to help staff prepare ahead of winter.

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.

I am delighted to inform you that your local NHS trust will benefit from this funding as part of the action the Government is taking in advance of winter.

Wye Valley NHS Trust has identified a scheme that can help with its bed capacity, and has been allocated £3.6m. I would be very interested in your views if there is more that we can do to help Wye Valley NHS Trust deliver for your constituents.

Last winter was challenging, but thanks to the efforts and dedication of hard working frontline staff, over 500 more people were seen in A&E and admitted or discharged within four hours every day. This further investment in the NHS will help those staff to deliver the best possible care for patients this winter.

Yours ever,