£8million funding for Lincolnshire A&E services
The trust responsible for Lincolnshire's accident and emergency departments have been given an £8 million funding boost from central government.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust has been given the money to ensure they can provide a good service to anyone in Lincolnshire who needs help this winter.
Traditionally there is an increase in demand on A+E services around Christmas and the money is designed to help cope with this.
ULHT has joined forces with Lincolnshire County Council, the clinical commissioning groups in the county, Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust and Lincolnshire Community Health Services to form the Health and Social Care community.
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This group will work together to ensure patients can receive appropriate care in the right place and at the right time during winter.
Nikki Hunt, spokesperson for ULHT, said: "We understand funding is still to be validated but we have already been working with community, mental health services and commissioners to develop a new referral system which directs patients to the place they need to be to receive care.
"One of the challenges facing healthcare providers is the tremendous pressure currently placed on services and this resource will allow for alternatives to be considered.
"This could be a short stay of less than 24 hours in an acute hospital before referral to a community hospital or nursing home.
"Where patients do not need to go to A&E or be admitted to hospital they will be able to receive treatment in their place of care in the community.
"This will allow for our A&E staff to provide stronger and better services for those patients that need them."
The funding was announced yesterday by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Lincoln MP Karl McCartney welcomed the news.
He said: “For the hardworking NHS staff that serve my Lincoln Constituents this extra money will be a welcome boost to them, their morale and their managers this winter, when we all know A&E Departments come under most pressure.
“Once again we are seeing a positive outcome for hardworking people from our decision to increase NHS spending."