Rachel has welcomed £3 million in funding to tackle critical maintenance work at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Government has announced allocations of £600 million to tackle critical maintenance work in hospitals across England, including 7 projects in Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

£1,560,000 will be spent on projects at the Alexandra Hospital – accounting for more than half of the funding Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has been allocated.

In total, the Trust will receive £3,010,000 to carry out the work, which could include building new or refurbishing buildings to deliver key services, upgrades to electrical infrastructure, improvements to ventilation systems, works to improve fire safety and the replacement of hospital lifts. The work will be completed by March 2021.

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust has also received £960,000 from this new funding.

The money is part of a £1.5 billion announced by the Prime Minister in the summer to level up hospital infrastructure across the NHS. While £600 million will be spent on these critical maintenance upgrades, the remainder will be spent on modernising mental health facilities, expanding A&E capacity and improving infection control ahead of winter.

Good progress has also been made on the Conservatives’ pledge of 50,000 more nurses by 2025 – with the latest statistics showing there are already 14,800 more nurses in the NHS than a year ago.

Rachel said:

I am delighted the Alex will benefit from Government funding to carry out vital maintenance workover the coming months.

“These crucial projects will deliver immediate benefits and provide NHS staff with the facilities they need to provide world-class care to patients, helping our Alex and NHS to build back better after the pandemic.”