Henry Smith MP has welcomed proposals outlining £19.3 million of investment in local healthcare to serve Crawley, West Sussex and East Surrey patients.
The plans will see the area benefit from a centralised pathology hub serving several hospital sites. The scheme will reduce delays in diagnosis and offer patients in the area more freedom to choose how they access services.
“As part of a funding package to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday this year; Crawley, West Sussex and East Surrey area patients will see almost £20 million of investment going into a centralised pathology hub.
“I’ve met with the Secretary of State for Health & Social Care this week to discuss these plans further and continue my campaign for investment in Crawley’s public services.”
The scheme will build on the existing Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust joint pathology venture which already has a single management team.
The proposed three storey microbiology hub at the Princess Royal Hospital site in the middle of Sussex will bring significant economies of scale and increase productivity; delivering the core financial saving to the existing joint venture.
One of the key aims of the proposal is to provide a clinically sustainable service, linked to a teaching hospital and one which is able to attract and keep its clinical and operational workforce.
The plans are part of £760 million across forty NHS hospitals and community services announced today which are to receive funding to modernise and transform their buildings and services.
The Department for Health & Social Care have also confirmed that £150 million is being released to support the NHS’s work to become more efficient; including improved use of a digital programme that helps the NHS use its workforce better, the enabling of more efficient use of energy in hospitals which could save the NHS £12 million a year in the first three years, and improved pharmacy IT and administration systems to reduce medication errors and improve patient safety.
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