NHS Winter Funding
There have been various stories in the media about NHS services over the New Year Period.
Today one internet based campaign group emailed its supporters in the bay making some exaggerated claims about our local NHS services based on a national newspaper article. Whilst the NHS is put under pressure at this time of year, their insinuation all non-urgent care was being delayed was not correct. Torbay Hospital’s website is clear: “Unless we contact you, patients with planned operations and appointments should attend as normal.”
Just before Christmas it was confirmed South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust had been granted an additional £1,098,000 funding to help cope with Winter pressures. The extra funding granted to Torbay is the equivalent of 25 annual nurse salaries, and was announced as part of a £337m immediate funding boost for NHS hospitals this Winter in the recent Budget.
Finally if you need urgent, but non-emergency, care you can easily check waiting times for our local Minor Injury Units online by clicking here.