Multi million funding boost for Gloucestershire hospitals
By James Young | 11th April 2019
Gloucestershire's two main hospitals will benefit from a £10million funding boost over the next year.
The Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust confirmed the money will fund the replacement of life-saving equipment at both Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals.
The financing from the Department of Health will also help with the ongoing maintenance and general safety works at the two sites.
In a statement, the Trust said: "We welcome the £10m of financing from the Department of Health which will support our 2019/20 capital programme across both our sites.
"The money will be committed to our ongoing programme of maintenance, general safety work on our sites and the replacement of vital life-saving equipment across both our hospitals."
While the Trust issued no firm details about what the money will be spent on, Cheltenham's MP Alex Chalk has revealed some of the details.
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He said: what will the cash go on? Over £1 million will be spent refurbishing Cheltenham's Apollo theatre, with another £1.5 million allocated for the replacement of ageing medical equipment.
"£1.5 million will go on a new information management and technology platform and £2.5 million on rolling out a modern electronic patient record. T
"here's also £150,000 for ward improvement work and £265,000 for a ventilation scheme for Cheltenham's theatres."
There will also be £250,000 earmarked for a chemotherapy prescribing system called OPMAS that automatically calculates dosages based on a patient's height and weight.
Mr Chalk said that will help male "Cheltenham a regional centre of excellence for cancer treatment."
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