Hospitals to get £7.7m for A&E

Sheffield's Northern General Hospital
Sheffield's Northern General Hospital
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Hospitals across South Yorkshire are set to receive more than £7.7 million in extra funds from the Government to ease winter A&E pressures.

The cash is being provided from a £150 million NHS England pot being shared around the country amid fears emergency wards will be deluged with huge numbers of patients complaining of winter ailments.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals is getting over £2m for the city’s adult A&E ward at the Northern General, while Sheffield Children’s Hospital is receiving £834,000.

Rotherham and Barnsley hospitals will both be handed more than £1.2m, and Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals is getting over £2.3m.

The extra Government money is on top of the £250m announced in September to help struggling A&E units.

But many areas, including Sheffield, missed out on the initial funding as it was targeted at hospitals with the ‘greatest risk of failing to sustain services’.

In a letter to health chiefs, NHS England chief executive Sir David Nicholson said: “We are distributing the majority of the additional funding on a ‘fair shares’ basis to health economies that have not yet received any additional funding, to support their investment in preparations for the winter period.”

Last month The Star revealed that the NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group had set aside hundreds of thousands of pounds to stop an A&E crisis during freezing weather.

Plans included extra nurses, more ambulances, longer GP opening hours and extra care beds.

It is hoped that an ‘urgent care centre’ to relieve strain at the Northern General could also be opened this winter.

Last year the Fir Vale hospital’s emergency ward saw some of its busiest days on record.

In a single day A&E was swamped with almost 500 patients when icy conditions were at their worst.

Idris Griffiths, the commissioning group’s chief operating officer, said: “We’re confident we’re doing all we can to prepare for winter.”