The health trust that runs the Royal Lancaster Infirmary has received £1.25m from the Government to help with providing services over the winter.
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) said that the money would be used to improve patient experience, provide extra beds in residential and nursing homes, and extra staff.
George Nasmyth, the trust’s medical director said: “Like all hospitals up and down the country, we have been planning with our partners for the anticipated increase in patients that we treat in our A&E departments.
“We do not believe that winter planning is about just having more staff at the front door of the unit to receive patients, it is a whole NHS and social care approach. The announcement today means we can target specific money to improve the experience of patients whilst in our care, such as improving the support from therapy services to patients being discharged, extra beds being made available in residential and nursing homes, and expanding the discharge teams in the hospitals.
“Plans include increased numbers of staff which will make a real difference to our patients, including extra doctors and nurses to help assess patients more quickly and to enable patients to be discharged from hospital promptly and get ongoing care as outpatients, and additional money for liaising with mental health services and more social services support.”
The trust is also putting plans in place to vaccinate staff against flu in the run-up to winter to protect patients and themselves.