Scunthorpe

Scunthorpe A&E department receives £900k government cash injection ahead of winter

Scunthorpe General Hospital is to receive an extra £900,000 to help speed up treatment of patients attending its accident and emergency department.

Announced ahead of the busy winter period, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust is one of 19 trusts across England sharing £13 million for emergency care, announced by the Department of Health on Monday, September 11.

The money has been awarded to improve patient flow through accident and emergency departments, ensuring hospitals are prepared for busy times during winter.

The additional funding brings the total given to hospitals since April to more than £90 million, part of the dedicated funding announced in the Spring Budget.

NLaG deputy chief executive Richard Sunley has said the money will be used to improve streaming services, ensuring patients are seen by the most appropriate clinician and reduce the time they wait to be either treated and discharged or admitted into hospital for further care.

He said: “Improving access and flow in this way is a key part of our long-term strategy.

“Streaming is especially useful in ensuring people are seen by the right people in a timely manner.

“This money will enable us to place GPs within our accident and emergency department at Scunthorpe and this will mean patients coming to A&E can be seen either by a GP, if appropriate or, in the case of an accident or emergency, by our team of dedicated emergency doctors and nurses.”