More than £3 million of Government funding will be spent on upgrades and refurbishment schemes at two hospitals.
The improvements to lifts, boilers and electrical systems at the Royal Stoke and County Hospital sites will be carried out over the coming months. It forms part of a £600 million national drive to eliminate the NHS maintenance backlog.
University Hospitals of North Midlands, which runs the two sites, has been allocated £3.2 million for 19 individual projects.
Lorraine Whitehead, director of estates, facilities and PFI at UHNM, welcomed the capital funding.
She said: “We are delighted with the capital investment announcement from the Department of Health and Social Care to help improve both our hospitals in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford.
“This investment will provide us with the ability to carry out essential upgrades and maintenance schemes, ranging from brand new electrics, upgraded boilers and chilling systems and refurbishment of lifts at both Royal Stoke and County hospitals.”
Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which runs community hospitals in North Staffordshire along with similar facilities elsewhere in the region, has been awarded £1 million for six projects.
Jo Gideon, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, welcomed the capital funding for local hospitals.
She said: “I am absolutely delighted that both the UNHM and MPFT will benefit from Government funding to carry out vital maintenance work over the coming months.
“These crucial projects will deliver immediate benefits and provide our fantastic NHS staff with the facilities they need to provide world-class care to patients, helping our NHS to build back better after the pandemic.”
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Leighton Hospital in Crewe, will carry out eight projects after being allocated £6.5 million. And East Cheshire NHS Trust, which is responsible for Congleton War Memorial Hospital, has been handed £278,000 for three projects.
The national maintenance fund is part of a £1.5 billion pot aimed at helping the NHS ‘build back better’, which was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson during the summer.
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NHS bodies were provided with an initial allocation based on need and were asked to put forward suitable projects that would deliver maximum impact and the best value for money, and which could be completed by March 2021.
Nearly 1,800 projects across 178 trusts will now be carried out over the winter.
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, said: “Alongside delivering on our manifesto commitment to build 40 new hospitals and 20 major hospital upgrades across the country, this investment will help our NHS build back better.
“These crucial maintenance projects will deliver immediate benefits and provide NHS staff with the facilities they need to provide world-class care to their patients this winter, helping ensure the NHS is always there for you when you need it.”