£11m A&E upgrades in Sussex to help prepare for winter

Hospital trusts across Sussex have been allocated over £11m to upgrade A&E facilities to help prepare for winter.

Across the country, £300m has been allocated to 117 trusts, the Prime Minister confirmed today, urging the public to feel confident to visit A&E for the treatment they need, reassuring those who remain concerned that strict social distancing and hygiene measures are in place to protect patients.

Hospitals could use the new funding to expand waiting areas and increase the number of treatment cubicles, helping them boost A&E capacity by providing additional space, reducing overcrowding and improving infection control measures.

They could also increase the provision of same day emergency care and improve patient flow in the hospital to help the NHS respond to winter pressures and the risk from further outbreaks of coronavirus.

Projects will be completed by the start of next year so hospitals benefit from the upgrades during the peak of winter.

In Sussex, Brighton And Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have each been allocated £3.7m.

Read more in the Government’s press release.