£2.9million investment for A&E at Milton Keynes Hospital

mpmc Mark Lancaster & Iain Stewart outside MK A&E
mpmc Mark Lancaster & Iain Stewart outside MK A&E

A&E at Milton Keynes Hospital is set for a £2.9million upgrade.

The news, confirmed in Parliament on Tuesday by the Health Secretary, will mean the A&E department is expanded and extra space built for patient assessments.

It comes as health services in Milton Keynes and Bedford undergo a £3.2million review which could lead to a “major downgrade” of the city’s A&E unit.

But MPs say this demonstrates that MK A&E has a ‘secure future’.

Milton Keynes Hospital chief executive Joe Harrison said: “This money will help us to manage the ever-increasing workload in our A&E department, where the number of patients increases by 10 per cent every year.

“It will be over two phases. First there will be a clinical expansion in A&E, which we expect to have open before Christmas. Then the larger second phase will be a significant expansion of clinical space for assessment work, which we hope to open early 2015.”

The Citizen has been campaigning for a new A&E for the city for the last 18 months.

Mr Harrison said the investment complements the Citizen’s campaign.

He added: “This will be the first step to developing a common front door and the brand new urgent care centre, which if approved will cost around £24million.

“It is enabling work for that really big scheme, which is subject to the outcome of the current healthcare review.”

Mark Lancaster, MP for MK North, said: “This extra funding for A&E will be a hugely significant vote of confidence in our hospital.

“It will help pay for extra bays and the recruitment of additional consultants and clinicians.

“We have been calling for more resources to meet the increased demands of our growing population. We look forward to seeing this investment secured and discussing with the hospital how it could be best used.

“It is clear the A&E has a 
secure future at MK Hospital.”

Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, added: “I am particularly pleased this extra money could be used for both capital investment – which means physically increasing the capacity of the A&E to care for more patients – and for recruiting more consultants and other clinical staff.”

It’s expected the funding will be made available in the next few months.