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£40m Investment For Scarborough Hospital's A&E

Scarborough Hospital

Published by Karen Liu at 1:29pm 7th December 2018. (Updated at 11:01am 21st December 2018)

Scarborough Hospital is to benefit from a £40 million share of funding.

It follows a successful bid by York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for capital investment as part of the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership.

The funding will enable the creation of a Combined Emergency Assessment Unit, where staff from a range of medical specialties can work side-by-side in a single assessment area, close to the front door and diagnostic support.

This will help staff to assess patients more quickly and ensure they get the most appropriate care and treatment as rapidly as possible.

The Unit will be created alongside the Emergency Department and the on-site Urgent Treatment Centre, creating a comprehensive and integrated urgent and emergency care hub.

Mike Proctor, Chief Executive of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“This is the news we’ve been waiting for and is fantastic for both patients and staff, signaling our commitment to investing in Scarborough Hospital.

This much-needed development means we can improve and streamline how patients are assessed, admitted and treated, which should reduce the time that people wait in the department, and ultimately improve patient safety.

This scheme will bring our total investment in our East Coast buildings and infrastructure to over £80 million since 2012.”

NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG Chairman, Dr Phil Garnett, said:

“This is fantastic news for hospital services in Scarborough and should be loudly welcomed by patients.

The money will be used to create a first-class assessment centre at Scarborough Hospital and demonstrates the commitment of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to maintaining and improving services for patients in the town and surrounding area.

Importantly, we also believe it will make Scarborough Hospital a much more attractive place to work and will help tackle some of the retention and recruitment difficulties faced by the Trust in recent years.”

In addition to the improvements to the Emergency Department, the funds will also enable essential infrastructure upgrades on the Scarborough site.

It is proposed that the work will begin in 2020 and is likely to take two years to complete. 

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