Hospitals receive funding for electrical upgrades

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Two hospitals based in Southampton will now get £2.3 million worth of funding to assist with important refurbishments, including upgrades to the electrical infrastructure.

Six different projects at work at the Solent NHS Trust and the University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust received a successful result from recent applications submitted. The funds have been made available by the government’s £1.5 billion scheme to provide capital funding to help prepare the NHS for its future, which involves designs to increase A&E capacity, enhance measures for infection control and update mental healthcare facilities. News of the awarded sum of £2.3 million was well received by the trust.

Director of Estates for UHS, David Jones, said:

“University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust welcomes this funding that will not only support the estate infrastructure but will also allow the Trust to direct its own capital funding to the improvement of frontline services.”

Solent NHS Trust’s funding will be focused on major building refurbishments, such as roof improvements at Southampton’s Bitterne Health Centre and a new patient lift at Portsmouth hospital, St Mary’s. At University Hospital Southampton, funds will be spent on updating electrical systems and fire compartmentation. Businesses and institutions upgrading electrical infrastructure or fire safety systems can depend on qualified electrical contractors in Chester, Southampton and other UK cities to complete work to code.

Now fully funded, the six projects across the two Southampton Trusts will be able to get underway, with completion dates set for March 2021.

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