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Island MP Bob Seely has welcomed more than £700,000 in extra government money to help St Mary’s Accident and Emergency department cope with winter pressures.

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has received £714,401 from the Government’s £100million A&E capital fund to support the flow of patients through the department, as previously reported by Island Echo.

The money will enable hospital staff to improve the flow of patients through the emergency department and urgent care centre ensuring the patients are seen in the most appropriate way and resources are sent to where they are most needed.

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Bob Seely has said:

“This decision is welcome news and shows the government is willing to fund health services on the Island above existing budgets.

“Allied to the extra money the council has received to help with social care, this is a substantial investment.

“It is also well-targeted money that experience shows will do a great deal to help the hospital over the winter months. Last winter, delivering effective patient flow was an integral part of the model used by the most consistently high performing A&E departments in England.

“I will continue to make the case for any additional funding I can by working with the Trust and the Council to get the best deal for our Island.”

The funding will be used by the hospital to meet the 95% standard of admitting, transferring, or discharging patients within 4 hours.

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