Health and care organisations from across Hertfordshire and west Essex have welcomed the announcement of plans to invest almost £40 million into four major improvement schemes that will benefit thousands of patients.
Deborah Fielding, Chief Executive of the Hertfordshire and west Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, a partnership of health and care organisations from across the area, said: “I am really pleased that the importance of these schemes has been recognised at a national level. This investment will improve the care and treatment of hundreds of people across our area every day and make it easier for health care staff to deliver the high-quality services that patients need.”
Announced on Friday (7 December) by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock MP, the four major improvement schemes in our area are as follows:
1. £11m for emergency care transformation at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust in Watford
The money will be used to significantly improve the layout of the emergency department, creating additional treatment and assessment space for both adults and children. Adults and children will be able to be assessed and treated in bigger cubicles, providing more privacy and dignity for patients. There will be an improved working environment for staff.
Acting Chief Executive for West Herts Hospital Trust, Helen Brown said: “We’re delighted to hear that we have been successful in our bid for capital funding. This will make an enormous contribution to transforming and improving patient services.”
2. £9.5m for more inpatient beds at Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow
The money will pay for more inpatient beds at the Harlow hospital, which should help to meet demand and reduce waiting times in the Emergency Department.
Lance McCarthy, Chief Executive of The Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust (PAHT), said: “It is great news for local people that we have been successful in securing an additional £9.5m of capital monies for 2019/20 as part of the recent national capital allocation. This will be used to further improve and increase inpatient capacity of the PAHT site as we continue to expand and develop our facilities to meet the needs of our patients.”
3. £7,172,000 to create a Hertfordshire and west Essex vascular surgery network, with a ‘hub’ at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage
Vascular surgery involves complicated and high risk procedures performed by surgeons and specialist radiologists. The new network will benefit patients at risk from sudden death due to aortic aneurysms, death or disablement due to major strokes and limb loss caused by blocked arteries in the legs or complications caused by diabetes.
Nick Carver, Chief Executive of NHS East and North Hertfordshire Hospital Trust said: “The new network will provide planned and 24/7 emergency vascular services for patients in Hertfordshire and west Essex, including a specialist hub at the Lister hospital where all arterial procedures will be carried out. This will benefit a wide range of patients, including those who have had a stroke or are being treated for cancer. By working with other local NHS hospitals in the area, the network will greatly improve diagnosis and treatment for vascular conditions and will improve both the quality of care and experience for our patients.”
4. £4,220,000 for a new renal dialysis unit in Luton which can treat more patients
The current renal dialysis unit in Luton has to move out of the Luton and Dunstable hospital. The money will pay for the service to be relocated to a new building which can meet the growing demand to treat people with kidney disease.
Nick Carver, Chief Executive of NHS East and North Hertfordshire Hospital Trust said: “The new renal dialysis centre will also have a designated space where patients will be able to self-dialyse if they are not able to do so from home, allowing for greater flexibility in their treatment and improving the quality of their care and experience.”