Region’s NHS given £395k towards extra winter needs

NHS Dumfries and Galloway has received almost £395,000 in funding from the Scottish Government to carry out extra work over the winter.

This allocation is part of a wider investment of £28.2 million across Scotland which includes £10 million invested in the Winter Resilience Fund, £8.2 million from the Unscheduled Care Action Plan fund to improve the way emergency care operates within hospitals, as well as £10 million to tackle bed blocking in wards.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway will use the funding in a number of ways including to roll out an information campaign on appropriate usage of the emergency department; increase nurse staffing for surge beds over the winter period; increase nursing resources in the Acute Medical Unit and ensure that a “multi-professional” team is available at the weekend over winter to support decision making and weekend discharges.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “Winter brings additional pressures for the health service, and NHS Dumfries & Galloway will use this funding to ensure preparations are in place.

“While people can always help ease the strain themselves, the NHS still needs to play its part in preparing for whatever winter might bring.”