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Government prescribes £9.5m for more beds at Princess Alexandra Hospital

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Deborah Fielding (5975225)
Deborah Fielding (5975225)

Health services for patients in Bishop’s Stortford have been boosted by £39m from the government.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has prescribed £9.5m for more inpatient beds at Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow.

Lance McCarthy, chief executive of The Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust (PAHT), said: “This will be used to further improve and increase inpatient capacity of the PAHT site as we continue to expand and develop our facilities to meet the needs of our patients.”

Mr Hancock has also promised £7,172,000 to create a Hertfordshire and west Essex vascular surgery network, with a ‘hub’ at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

The new network will benefit patients at risk from sudden death due to aortic aneurysms, death or disablement due to major strokes and limb loss caused by blocked arteries in the legs or complications caused by diabetes.

Nick Carver, chief executive of NHS East and North Hertfordshire Hospital Trust, said: “This will benefit a wide range of patients, including those who have had a stroke or are being treated for cancer.

There is also £4,220,000 for a new renal dialysis unit in Luton which can treat more patients. Mr Carver said: “The new renal dialysis centre will also have a designated space where patients will be able to self-dialyse if they are not able to do so from home, allowing for greater flexibility in their treatment and improving the quality of their care and experience.”

The fourth cash pot goes to West Herts Hospital Trust in Watford with £11m for emergency care transformation.

Acting chief executive for West Herts Hospital Trust, Helen Brown said: “We’re delighted to hear that we have been successful in our bid for capital funding. This will make an enormous contribution to transforming and improving patient services.”

Deborah Fielding, chief executive of the Hertfordshire and west Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, a partnership of health and care organisations from across the area, said: “I am really pleased that the importance of these schemes has been recognised at a national level. This investment will improve the care and treatment of hundreds of people across our area every day and make it easier for health care staff to deliver the high-quality services that patients need.”

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