There was good news for some of the South's hospitals today, as they take a share of a £133-million Government handout to improve services and facilities. The money is coming from newly allocated capital funding. The Government says as we prepare to leave the EU, the funding boost will help secure the long-term future of the NHS. The Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth is one of 15 projects in the region to benefit. The money will be used to build a new emergency department.
The Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will receive £2.8 million which will be used to relocate Willow House to Prospect Park Hospital in Tilehurst, helping young people with severe mental health problems. Money has been allocated for a new service in Oxfordshire for people with learning disabilities. And in North Hampshire more than £2-million will help improve same day services in Basingstoke.
Mary Stanley caught up with the Health Secretary Matt Hancock as he visited the Queen Alexandra Hospital this afternoon.