£79.4m funding boost for NHS services in the Black Country

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People living in the Black Country will benefit from a capital funding injection of £79.4 million to modernise and transform their local NHS services and healthcare facilities. The funding is part of a record investment of almost £1 billion to upgrade NHS services in England.

The funding boost will mean that a number of healthcare facilities across the Black Country will get much-needed upgrades ensuring local patients get the high quality care they deserve, in state-of-the-art, modern facilities.
Urgent and emergency care services will receive the majority of funding so that they continue to meet the current and future healthcare demands of local communities.

The modernisation projects include:
  • £36.2m on a new emergency department and acute medical unit at Walsall Manor Hospital, supporting the care of an additional 8,000 patients a year, which is expected following the opening of the Midland Metropolitan Hospital.
  • £20.3m on a redesign of Russells Hall Hospital’s emergency department in Dudley, providing a futuristic fit for purpose building, which better supports the coordination of care, patient safety, and health outcomes of local people.
  • £15.4m on Information & Technology (IT) and estate upgrades at Birmingham City Hospital, ensuring that high quality patient care continues whilst the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital is in development.
  • £7.5m on a new purpose built facility for people with learning disabilities, providing care and treatment to those who need it, in the most appropriate environment.
  • The Black Country and West Birmingham Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) submitted the funding bids on behalf of local NHS organisations. The STP is a partnership of health and social care organisations that have come together to improve the health and wellbeing of people across the Black Country and West Birmingham.
Dr Helen Hibbs, Senior Responsible Officer for the STP said; “This is fantastic news for the NHS in the Black Country and most importantly our local communities. By ensuring our NHS buildings are fit for purpose, we can continue to improve the access and quality of care that local people deserve.”