- Luton and Dunstable Hospital to receive £5.7million to upgrade A&E facilities ahead of winter.
- Part of £450 million provided by the Government to upgrade A&Es this winter.
South West Bedfordshire MP, Andrew Selous has welcomed news that Luton and Dunstable Hospital is set to receive an additional £5.7million in order to support A&E capacity ahead of the winter months.
The £5.7 million will be used to expand and upgrade A&E facilities at the hospital, ensuring they have enough space to treat patients, manage patient flow and improve infection control.
The funding will be used for the expansion of the department to incorporate current Same Day Emergency Care and children’s assessment unit areas, with temporary relocation of minor injuries.
It is part of £150 million to be shared across 25 A&Es, with the money being used to expand waiting areas and increase the number of treatment cubicles. It is on top of the £300 million provided by the Government to upgrade A&Es announced last month (August) – taking the total investment in A&Es this winter to £450 million.
Commenting, Andrew Selous MP said:
“Staff at Luton and Dunstable Hospital have worked tirelessly over recent months, and I would like to thank them for everything they have done to get our local community through the coronavirus pandemic.
While we hope for the best this winter, its right that we plan for the worst. This funding to upgrade A&E across the Trust will ensure that we are in the best possible position for the challenges that the winter months may bring.”