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Local NHS welcomes £2 million funding to help prepare for winter

19th August 2020 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

Health bosses in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) have welcomed the Government’s announcement confirming £2 million additional funding to support Leicester’s hospitals emergency department during the winter months.

The funding will enable Leicester’s hospitals to increase capacity, provide extra resources and equipment where they’re needed the most.

Rebecca Brown, acting Chief Executive, Leicester’s Hospitals said: We are one of the biggest and busiest NHS Trusts in the UK, situated in one of the few counties with a single site emergency department.

“We know we have to do things differently to deal with the pressures that winter brings and the Government’s announcement of £2m for our emergency department will enable us to do this as part of our winter plans.

“Supporting our patients and staff this winter, remains a priority for us and the new additional funding will enable us to deliver greater care for patients and to continue to support Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 patients, whilst providing the required space for safe social distancing on site.”

With demand on services significantly increasing during the winter months, the local NHS is urging patients to only contact the emergency services in the event of a life threatening emergency or condition. For urgent care patients should contact their GP, call NHS 111 or visit: www.111.nhs.uk to receive the treatment they need, safely and in the most appropriate setting.

Andy Williams, Chief Executive of LLR Clinical Commissioning Groups said: “Winter is usually the busiest time of year for the NHS but this year Covid-19 has impacted our local communities and our healthcare system in a way we could never have predicted. Covid-19 will undoubtedly continue to have an additional impact on our services as we head into winter so we are working with our partners to plan and prepare.

“We are looking into different approaches to reinforce our services so that we can continue to provide accessible, quality care for our patients and the public when they need it.

“To support the local NHS prevent the spread of flu we are calling for anyone eligible to take a free NHS flu vaccination and to continue to follow the local and national Covid-19 guidance especially around social distancing. This will help us to fight the spread and impact of flu and Covid-19 and protect our local communities.”

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