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Crewe's hospital misses out on £1.4m to ease A&E pressure

Friday, November 30th, 2018 6:25am

By Jenny Bonson & Stephen Topping, Local Democracy Reporter @newsjenny

Crewe's Leighton Hospital have been unsuccessful in a bid for an extra £1.4m to help A&E run smoothly this winter.

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had bid for the cash from the Government's £145 million pot of money to support emergency departments during their busiest time.

They had wanted to use the cash to provide eight additional cubicles.

A spokesman at the trust said: “The trust bid for £1.4 million to fund additional temporary cubicles connected to Leighton Hospital’s A&E, which would have increased the department’s capacity over winter by eight spaces.

“The funding was subsequently withdrawn as the trust was unable to meet three of the nine criteria, which included completing the project by December 2018.

“Despite this, the trust has robust plans in place to manage the increased demand on services that we experience every winter.

“These help to ensure that services continue to run as smoothly as possible while ensuring that patients’ needs continue to be met.”

NHS bodies have been working on their winter plans for several months – and Leighton bosses outlined their plans to Cheshire East Council at a meeting in July.

Dr Kieran Mullan, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, has also launched a petition calling on NHS Improvement to go back into discussions with Mid Cheshire Hospitals to secure the £1.4 million.

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