Local hospitals to get £2.5m boost
Hospitals in Lincolnshire are set to receive a £2.5m ‘hospital discharge fund’.
The money has been allocated to Lincolnshire County Council as part of the government’s £500 million discharge fund to reduce pressure on NHS services.
The update follows reports of increasingly long A&E waiting times and a lack of hospital bed space due to patients not being discharged quickly enough.
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust which runs Grimsby and Scunthorpe hospitals said that although staff are working ‘incredibly hard’, it is facing a ‘significant challenge’ in discharging patients.
On average, 100 patients who did not need to be in hospital were kept there overnight each day in October.
Although a number of improvement measures have been put in place, staff say they are still struggling to meet the demand.