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Funding boost for A&E in Harrogate

Funding boost for A&E in Harrogate

Published at 6:53am 27th June 2017. (Updated at 5:18pm 27th June 2017)

New funding is being made available to support accident and emergency services at Harrogate District Hospital.

The Government says £340,000 will enable patients to be seen more quickly at the busiest times.

The news was confirmed in a letter to Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones from Philip Dunne MP, the Minister of State for Health.

The award to Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust comes from a £100 million Government capital investment fund to support the introduction of what is called 'primary care streaming' in A&E departments.

Mr Jones said: "Wherever I go, people have nothing but praise for our local hospital. Indeed, the staff have won national plaudits for the quality of care given.

"That is why I am so pleased to see this extra funding going into A&E to support that hard work and to further improve the patient's experience. 

"This investment is particularly important to A&E, as this is often the place where patients go when they feel most vulnerable and most in need of support."

Robert Harrison, Chief Operating Officer at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Towards the end of last year we received capital funding which enabled us to extend the Emergency Department, creating an additional five treatment cubicles, this assisted our staff to deliver the national standard of 95 per cent of patients to be seen and discharged or admitted within four hours.

"We therefore anticipate this funding will further improve the environment for patients, ensuring they can be seen by the most appropriate professional and support our staff in continuing to deliver the national standards for the people who use our services.

"Despite this extra funding, people are reminded that unnecessary attendances at the Emergency Department mean longer waits for those patients who really do need care, as well as extra pressure on staff throughout the Trust. If you have an illness that is not severe, then consider visiting, calling NHS 111, contacting your own GP in-hours or seeing a local pharmacist for advice before choosing to come to the Emergency Department."