The Conservative government has invested a further £963,800 in Kingston Hospital to create a dedicated urgent care centre in the Accident and Emergency unit. This major new funding is part of a £100 million capital spending fund to improve A&E facilities as announced in the March budget.
The new £983,600 funding boost for Kingston’s Accident & Emergency unit builds on other improvements in our local NHS services that James Berry MP has fought for, including:
– Delivering his election pledge for a 7 day-a-week NHS: evening and weekend GP services are now available in Chessington, Surbiton and Kingston;
– Delivering his election pledge on ensuring the elderly have the best care, with £3 million extra funding for adult social care in Kingston announced in the March budget;
– Delivering funding for a new primary care hub in Kingston.
Commenting, James Berry MP said:
“Having consistently made the case for more funding for Kingston Hospital, I am absolutely delighted that the Conservative government has awarded Kingston Hospital nearly £1 million for a major transformation of A&E.
The benefit will really be felt by local residents and by staff at our hospital, where A&E was very busy over the winter due to record levels of attendance.
This major new government investment into Kingston Hospital shows how a Conservative MP working with a Conservative government delivers for our local area.”
The significant investment in Kingston Hospital’s A&E by the government also underlines the fact that Kingston Hospital has a secure future. As NHS England’s Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh said on a visit to Kingston Hospital in November 2016, a “hospital with “cutting edge dementia services, good maternity services, short waiting times and fast cancer diagnostics must have a secure future”.
Commenting in the Kingston Guardian, Rachel Williams, Chief Operating Officer at Kingston Hospital, said:
“Over the last year the number of people coming to our Emergency Department has increased quite considerably and we are delighted to be in a position to now expand our facilities both for our most unwell patients and also for patients with minor injuries and illnesses. This investment will ensure that all patients who come to us for urgent and emergency care get the best care in the most appropriate setting.”