Cash injection for extra capacity at Milton Keynes Hospital

MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart at the new bays at MK Hospital

Milton Keynes University Hospital has received £630k to help with its bed capacity ahead of the winter period.

To make sure the NHS performs as well as it possibly can this winter the Government has provided funding to hospitals across the country to deliver improvements in their A&E performance.

A total of 81 new schemes, totalling £145 million of capital investment, have been prioritised from within the Department of Health’s capital budget for hospitals to help staff prepare ahead of winter.

This funding will enable the NHS to deliver additional beds, redevelop A&E units and upgrade wards, enhance bed management systems, and improve ‘same-day’ emergency care.

Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust identified a scheme that can help with its bed capacity, and has been allocated £630k.

Milton Keynes North MP Mark Lancaster said: “I am pleased to see this additional support at this critical time of year, preparing for the winter period. The team did a great job dealing with the additional pressures last year and it is vital we prepare early this time round.”

Milton Keynes South MP Iain Stewart added: “It’s thanks to our strong economy that we can make this extra investment in the NHS. The Government are investing more money than ever before into the NHS and we will always fight for our fair share, particular as our population continues to grow.”

Last winter was challenging, but thanks to the efforts and dedication of hard working frontline staff, more than 500 more people were seen in A&E and admitted or discharged within four hours every day.

The further investment in the NHS will help those staff to deliver the best possible care for patients this winter.

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