£2.3m funding boost for emergency care
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has been awarded £2.346m capital funding to prepare for winter. The grant was part of a wider package of funding announced by the Government for NHS trusts across the country.
Darryn Allcorn, Chief Nurse, said: “This is a very welcome investment, which will be used to take forward plans to develop our urgent care services, taking into account the need to manage COVID-19 alongside our usual winter pressures. “The Trust is taking a prioritised approach to plans for improvements around patient flow and care. This funding will be used to support the Trust’s first priority for development, which will be expanding our same day emergency care (SDEC) service by making some changes to our acute admissions areas (Medical Assessment Unit, GP Receiving Unit and Surgical Assessment Unit). This will include ensuring we can separate COVID and non-COVID patients in order to keep them safe and minimise the risk of transmission.”