New Improvements at West Suffolk Hospital
It has been a busy week for West Suffolk Hospital. Not only have they received £13.4 million to redevelop their emergency department, but also on the 11th of December the renowned jockey Frankie Dettori opened the hospitals new multi-million pound cardiac centre.
Matthew Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and MP for West Suffolk announced the funding for the emergency department. Mr. Hancock told the Bury Free Press (BFP), ‘ We want even more patients to receive world-class care in world-class NHS facilities and this billion-pound boost, one of the most substantial capital funding commitments ever made, means that the NHS can do just that for years to come.’ West Suffolk Hospitals Chief Executive Dr. Stephen Dunn was over the moon, telling the BFP, ‘This is fantastic news and much needed for our patients and staff. The current estate that our emergency department occupies is no longer fit for purpose. This money will help us improve our experience for patients, create a better working environment for our staff and help us avoid patients waiting longer than they need to.’
Alongside this the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has invested £5.2 million in the new cardiac centre at the hospital. The hospital’s My WiSH Charity has been running the £500,000 Every Heart Matters fund-raising appeal, which Frankie Dettori launched last year as its ambassador. Sue Smith, head of fund-raising for the charity thanked Frankie and the donors saying, ‘We could not have done this without you.’
This centre will bring together the cardiology ward with cardiac care and diagnostic units as well as enabling the hospital to offer procedures to patients such as angiography and pacemakers. Dr. Pegah Salahshouri, cardiology consultant at West Suffolk told the BFP, ‘The hospital’s cardiology department has seen a 23 per cent increase in patient demand over the last five years, therefore it made so much sense to invest in this.’
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