Almost £3 million is being spent on additional health services and staff in a South Yorkshire town in a bid to provide a better standard of care for patients seven days a week.
The NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group has given the money to Barnsley Hospital on top of its usual annual contract agreement with the trust with the aim of offering a full seven-day service.
Dr Nick Balac, chair of Barnsley CCG, said: “In this 24/7 lifestyle we lead, people expect to be able to get the same services on a weekend as any other day, so why should it be any different for health services.
“We want to be leading the way in delivering seven-day services, and the additional funding will help to achieve this by providing more senior consultant reviews, additional diagnostics such as x-rays, staff and therapists which traditionally have been less well supported on a weekend.”
Diane Wake, chief executive of Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “People in Barnsley quite rightly expect to be able to receive the same care at weekends as they can during the week, and this contract will help us to achieve that over the coming months.”
The annual contract with the hospital covers all services including adult critical care, cancer, cardiac rehabilitation, children’s services, stroke, maternity services and urgent and emergency care.
The contract will also see the hospital and the CCG focusing on specific areas including the management of pressure ulcers, the use of antibiotics, and improving the health of patients with learning disabilities.