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Ealing Hospital to receive more than £600,000 as NHS prepares for winter pressures

Health minister Philip Dunne said the funding would help the hospital "streamline patient flow"

Ealing Hospital is to receive a cash injection of nearly £650,000 in the latest wave of winter funding for the NHS.

Announced on Friday (September 8) by the Health Minister Philip Dunne, the money will partly be used to relocate and increase capacity in the hospital's discharge lounge.

On top of that, the hospital's Older People's Liaison Service, an outpatient service reviewing older people who need quick assessment and ongoing care, will also benefit from the £642,000 of funding.

Lee Martin, chief operating officer at London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “With the busy winter months approaching, we are doing all we can to ensure patients are cared for safely and in a timely manner.”

The discharge lounge and Older People's Liaison Service is currently based on level nine of the hospital, but the additional funding will see both relocated closer to A&E and the Urgent Care Centre on level one.

The newly reconfigured space will have direct transport access for ambulances, which will improve the pick-up and drop-off of patients requiring the units' services.

Ealing Hospital is to receive a cash injection of more than £600,000(Image: Ealing Gazette)

"By increasing the capacity of our discharge lounge at Ealing Hospital, we will be able to assist patients to get home quicker when they are fit for discharge," Mr Martin added.

"This frees up vital beds for our sickest patients, ensuring they get treated as quickly as possible."

The additional funding from the Department of Health brings the total given to hospitals since April to more than £90million, part of the dedicated funding announced in the Spring Budget.

The funding supports NHS England's wider plans to improve A&E performance in England by 2018.

Mr Dunne said the funding would help hospitals "streamline patient flow".

The hospital's discharge lounge will benefit from part of the funding(Image: TMS)

He said: "Thanks to the hard work and dedication of staff, the NHS has put in place strong plans ahead of winter - ensuring patients continue to receive safe and efficient care as demand rises over coming months.

"This funding will give more hospitals the boost they need to streamline patients flow in A&E effectively, freeing up A&Es all over the winter to care for the sickest patients and helping make sure all patients get the right treatment in the right place as quickly as possible."

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