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GWH misses out on cash boost from Government
10:59am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
THE Great Western Hospital has missed out on funding from the Government to help treat their increasing number of patients.
Despite nearby Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust receiving £10,207,000 and Royal United Bath Hospitals NHS Trust receiving £4,426,000 of £250m of Government funding, Swindon has missed out.
Yesterday, the Government made an extra £500m of funding available over the next two years, and the Health Secretary has now set out how £250m would be used by 53 NHS Trusts this winter.
A spokesperson for the GWH said: "We are very disappointed to not receive funding to help us treat the ever increasing number of patients needing our services. Although winter is generally our busiest time of year; demand for our services is extremely high all year round, and this past 12 months has been our busiest ever. Last winter saw a 10% increase in attendances to the Emergency Department, a 12% increase in the number of day case patients and a 6.8% increase in the number of outpatients.
"Unfortunately this coming winter already looks set to be just as busy if not more so and we have already experienced significant pressures. We have additional beds open and are working hard with GPs, social care and our partners in the community to prepare for the busy months ahead."
The GWH had bid for up to £4.2m which would have helped the local health economy plan and prepare for winter.