Royal Bolton Hospital misses out on government cash for 'at risk' A&E departments
ROYAL Bolton Hospital will not receive a share of the government’s £500 million bail-out fund for the most at-risk A&E departments.
The government has set aside the money for the next two years to help deal with growing pressures — with the 53 trusts most at risk this year told they will have to share £235million.
But the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust — which runs the Royal Bolton — is not among those to receive extra funding.
Hospital chiefs at Bolton say it is down to the improved performance of the A&E department over the past year.
Heather Edwards, spokesperson for the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Additional funding would always be welcome. However, the fact that our performance on the A& E target is so good is very reassuring. Our staff have worked hard to achieve it.”
Every foundation trust in the country must meet a target where 95 per cent of patients who go to A&E are assessed and either admitted, discharged or transferred within four hours.
In April, the Royal Bolton celebrated achieving 96.5 per cent of its four-hour A&E waiting time and 18-week referral to treatment time targets for the year, beating the national target by 1.6 per cent.
The year before, Bolton only achieved 93 per cent.
In the same year the Royal Bolton’s A&E unit had a 4.8 per cent increase in attendance and saw 115,920 patients.
This is approximately 317 patients per day and makes it the second busiest in Greater Manchester.
But staff say they are short in the emergency department. Harry Hanley, Secretary of Staff Side at the hospital, which represents employees, said: “The thing is, we are still short staffed in A&E and it is choc-a-bloc down there.
“The biggest problem is out in the community in my opinion. A lot of people come to A&E because they cannot get in at their GP practice and that’s why there’s such an increase.”
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