On Air Now
Early Breakfast with James Stewart 4am - 6:30am
13 July 2018, 06:46 | Updated: 13 July 2018, 06:48
Investment worth £19million has been confirmed for Morecambe Bay's hospitals.
That'll include improving the theatres at Westmorland General; and securing new kit to help people with their hearing there.
The Royal Lancaster Infirmary's getting a safe place for young people in mental health crisis.
The Morecambe Bay NHS trust is also getting a mobile breast cancer screening unit.
Foluke Ajayi, Chief Operating Officer, UHMBT, said: “We are delighted to be able to invest £19m in improving our buildings across the Trust. It will be no surprise to anyone to hear that if patients and families receive care in a better environment then their experience is much more positive. We are lucky in that a lot of our wards and departments are of a good standard but there are areas that need to be renovated, updated or in some cases, moved to a bigger area.
“The schemes we are looking at for this year have all been suggested by our clinical teams because they will not only improve the experience patients and their families receive in hospital but also contribute to the Trust’s ambition of being a great place to be cared for and a great place to work.”
Aaron Cummins, Chief Executive, UHMBT, said: “We all know that the NHS nationally is facing financial challenges and our Trust is no different. However, we have always been really clear that despite the financial pressures, we will always invest in improving our hospitals so our local communities receive the best possible care in the best possible environment.
“We have had a really strong track record in recent years of investing in services for our patients – including our £12m maternity unit at FGH, over £1m for the new Acute Stroke Unit at the RLI, and a further £1m for a new Cardiac Centre at WGH.
“We are really proud that this year’s investment is one of the largest in the Trust’s history, and we hope it sends a strong message to our staff and the local people that we remain absolutely committed to making our hospitals the best they can be.
“It’s really important to us that our patients and local communities can be involved in the design stages too so for some of the larger schemes, there will be opportunities for local people to have their say on how the developments look and feel.”