£15 million investment in urgent and emergency care

Posted: September 17, 2020

Expanded Urgent Treatment Centre to replace Urgent Care Centre

Chief Executive, Kevin McNamara, said: 

"I'm delighted that we've been successful in our bid for £15 million of funding to improve urgent and emergency care at the Great Western Hospital. 

"We will use this money to replace the Urgent Care Centre, with a new Urgent Treatment Centre, led by GPs and Advanced Clinical Practitioners. 

"The temporary building which houses the Urgent Care Centre (known as the Clover building), will be replaced with a larger building with an area for initial assessments to decide if patients need urgent or emergency care, additional clinic rooms and more space for a socially distanced waiting area.

"We've known for a long time that our hospital is simply too small, which is why we successfully bid for £30 million of funding to expand and improve services as part of our Way Forward Programme, and this additional funding will complement this work.

"We are currently working with national organisations to unlock the funding for the Way Forward Programme, which will be used to integrate and co-locate our urgent and emergency care services, build a new rehabilitation centre, carry out improvements to the services we provide for private patients, and buy the extra land we need to do all of this.

"Today's announcement is great news for the people of Swindon and the surrounding area, and I can't wait for work to start so that we can offer our patients an even better urgent and emergency care service when they need it.

The new £15 million funding will be received over the course of two years, with £5 million in 2020/21 and the rest the following year.

Find out more in this video message from Kevin McNamara: https://youtu.be/MnDq1F6XOR0 

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