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Cameron unveils £330m NHS funding

More than £330 million will be spent on "state of the art" NHS equipment and buildings, the Prime Minister has announced.

David Cameron pledged extra funding for new operating theatres, urgent care centres and equipment such as CT and ultrasound scanners.

Some £20.8 million will go towards diagnostic equipment and a new A&E department at Northwick Park Hospital in north west London, including its urgent care centre.

Urgent care centres will also be further developed at hospitals at St Helier and Hillingdon in London, and East Lancashire.

Last week, St Helier was one of four hospitals told it may lose its A&E department.

A review from NHS South West London recommended one of four A&E departments in the region should close, together with a doctor-led maternity unit.

The three remaining A&Es will have an integrated urgent care centre while a further urgent care centre is also planned, according to the proposals.

Urgent care centres deal with cases that are less serious than those that need to be seen by A&E hospital and emergency doctors.

The centres, which are often staffed by GPs and nurses, can manage a wide range of problems but cannot deal with life-threatening cases, such as people who need resuscitation, suspected heart attack or stroke victims and those with extensive burns.

Mr Cameron said: "This Government is investing in the NHS to ensure the very best care is available - that's why I can announce over £330 million of new medical equipment, from CT scanners to cancer therapy and neonatal care facilities."


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