Extra £5m eases health pressure to help patients
FUNDING of £5 million has been allocated to front-line NHS staff to help them through the final days of the winter period.
Improving the time it takes ambulances to leave hospital after taking a patient there and making more doctors and nurses available for the GP out-of-hours service are among systems on which the money will be spent.
It will also fund a new pilot scheme called a night-sitting service – which will look after elderly patients who require care but who are not necessarily ill enough for a hospital admission.
The cash has been made available after Derbyshire's health trusts – including Derby's hospitals and East Midlands Ambulance Service – made bids for it from the county's new GP-led groups, which will take over local health services next month.
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Dr Sheila Newport, chairman of NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "The winter months can be challenging for the local NHS, with more people attending accident and emergency, calling 999 and needing to see their GP.
"The extra funding will go a long way to managing the increased activity and easing pressure, so our patients continue to benefit from the highest quality of care."