Funding boost for the Great Western Hospital

7 December 2018, 14:26 | Updated: 7 December 2018, 14:27

Great Western Hospital Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/

Swindon MPs Justin Tomlinson and Robert Buckland have welcomed funding of almost £30m for the Great Western Hospital, to expand services.

The town's hospital will receive £29.573 million of new Government funding to deliver a modern Integrated Front Door and Transitional Care Facility, which will provide a reconfigured and rightsized Emergency Department as well as a transitional care facility.

The new facility will ensure that patients can access the very best healthcare in a new, state-of-the-art, and expanded facility. 

They have also worked alongside Swindon Borough Council to improve access to primary care services across the town. 

Justin Tomlinson MP said: "I am delighted that we have secured this important investment in the GWH. Both Robert & I lobbied to deliver this funding and the Government has rightly seen how it will transform both emergency care and transitional care in Swindon. This new £30 million site will ensure the patients can get access to the right treatment, in the right place, at the right time. Crucially, this is announcement builds on the record funding in the NHS we already have under this Conservative government." 

Robert Buckland MP said: "This is great news for Swindon and for GWH. They have worked hard to secure this investment and we have continued to lobby the Health Secretary to make it become a reality. Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will now be able to provide a reconfigured and correctly sized Emergency Department and a Transitional Care Facility. The investment is part of the wider plan to provide better services for patients, integrate care better and renew ageing facilitates, which we need here in Swindon. The increased funding and the Long Term Plan demonstrates the Government's abiding commitment to the NHS so the NHS can be there for all of us, free at the point of use, long into the future."