REDDITCH MP Rachel Maclean, joined fellow Worcestershire MPs to officially open the brand-new link bridge and ward at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
The bridge, which cost £3million, was paid for out of the £29.6million Acute Services Review fund earmarked for the Trust and should improve patient flow and increase capacity at the under pressure hospital.
The bridge provides access between the main Worcestershire Royal building and the new 28-bed Avon 5 ward.
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust says this increase in capacity is already helping staff cope with increased patient flow due to the onset of winter.
“It was great to finally see the link bridge completed and the new ward open and in full use,” said Mrs Maclean.
“We’re now seeing tangible improvements in the hospital’s ability to improve patient flow and increase capacity.
“During my visit to the ward I spoke to the ward matron who told me the increase in bed capacity is already making a difference to the unacceptable ambulance waits.”
Mrs Maclean also met with the new chief executive of the Trust, Matthew Hopkins, to discuss the Alexandra Hospital.
“Matthew made it clear to me that the Alex has a bright future ahead of it and he intends to make full use of the hospital,” said Mrs Maclean.
“However, we need the Trust to submit its full business case as soon as possible so it can access the funding promised for the Alex.
“In total, £8million will be spent on it which will pay for improvements to the elective care centre, endoscopy, children’s outpatients and an upgrade in theatres.
“The money is there waiting to be used. The Trust needs to get on, submit their business case and get this money invested in our town’s hospital.”