Government grants £6m to improve hospital

EAST SURREY Hospital is to receive £6million from the Government to improve facilities for patients.

Last week the hospital, which serves the Horsham district, was selected as one of the units in England to receive some of the £330million from the Department of Health for new operating theatres, A&E departments and other services as well as new scanners and ultrasound equipment.

Michael Wilson, chief executive of the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs East Surrey Hospital, explained how they plan to spend the money.

“We are delighted to receive an additional £6 million from the Department of Health. Of this, £3 million will be spent on modernising operating theatres at East Surrey Hospital, ensuring that they have the latest state of the art equipment.

“The remaining £3 million will be spent on various hospital developments, including the refurbishment of a number of wards,” he said.

Chief nurse Jo Thomas, added: “These projects will significantly enhance the level and quality of care available at East Surrey Hospital.”

The Government’s plans announced last week aim plans to improve the quality of care for the 11,000 of patients having an elective procedure, 4,000 undergoing emergency or trauma surgery and over 1,000 women requiring an intervention as part of child birth.

Announcing the plans Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “I want NHS patients across Surrey and Sussex to get the best care and treatment.

“We have saved money in central capital budgets this year which means we can spend more money on improving NHS facilities.

“This will mean that more patients in Surrey and Sussex will benefit from the latest world class equipment.”