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Money in healthcareSeptember 29 2015

The Scottish Government says an additional £10.7 million will go towards helping improve weekend discharging of patients from hospital this winter. In addition, the funding will also be used to help increase staffing and provide more patient transport.

The money will be made in addition to funding announced earlier this year to help tackle winter pressures, which includes:

  • £30 million in 2015-16 to tackle delays in patients being discharged from hospital
  • £9 million from the £50 million Unscheduled Care Fund which boards are using to implement six essential actions for A&E and to support hospitals over winter
  • £5 million to NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde to support resilience and capacity over the first winter following the opening of the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and other linked Acute Service Changes.

It is intended that funding to tackle delays in discharging patients from hospital will be used to support additional social care and to maintain additional intermediate care beds over winter. These should allow patients to be discharged from hospital quicker.

Scotland’s Health Secretary Shona Robison commented: “This year’s funding, which comes to around £55 million in total, will help target improving A&E waiting times and patient flow through hospital as well as tackling delayed discharge – which we know create additional challenges over the winter months.

“Health boards will also use the funding to inform people about when they should turn to A&E – it is vital that people only go to A&E if they have had an accident or their condition falls into the emergency category. For anything else, NHS 24 and GP out of hours services are available throughout the festive period – and indeed the whole of the winter.”

Link:

Scottish Government announcement   

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