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Funds to ease NHS winter pressures


The entrance to the accident and emergency department at the Royal Sussex

HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds has been given to the NHS to help it cope with winter pressures.

The Department of Health has awarded almost £1 million to Brighton and Hove which will be used in several areas.

The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton is already under severe pressure as it deals with a high demand from patients and bed shortages.

This is mainly caused by bed-blocking patients who cannot be discharged because there is no care or nursing home place available for them.

Others are delayed while waiting for plans to be drawn up to provide care at home.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has been given £350,000 to improve the flow of patients through the Royal Sussex.

Work includes refitting the discharge lounge to increase capacity and improve patient dignity and appointing extra porters and co-ordinators co-ordinators to speed up the discharge process.

Sussex Community NHS Trust has £220,000 which it will use to provide support to the vulnerable to avoid hospital admissions.

The city’s clinical commissioning group is spending £400,000 on 40 extra beds in the city until March.

Chairman David Supple said: “All the organisations responsible for health and social care across the local area are working extremely hard together and, collectively, we have made some real improvements to help ensure people are getting the care they need at the time they need it.

“However, we recognise we still have work to do and this additional funding of almost £1 million will help ensure the progress we have made continues.”

Source: The Argus