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Big cash injection for City Hospital; Central City News WINSON GREEN: Money to provide extra staff in bid to cut waiting times.

Byline: By Alison Dayani

MILLIONS of pounds is being pumped into improving treatment and slashing waiting times at a Birmingham hospital.

Extra cash is being spent on everything from heart to ear problems at City Hospital in Wins on Green to meet Government targets of treating patients within 18 weeks.

Similar work is also being done at Sandwell Hospital. Bosses of Sandwell and West Birmingham Trust, which runs the two hospitals, have agreed funding with primary care trusts for the coming financial year with money dedicated to helping less achieving departments get up to scratch. There is pounds 404,000 being spent on audiology, pounds 153,000 towards cardiology to help heart patients, pounds 515,000 on renal services and more than pounds 400,000 on sexual health for genito-urinary medicine clinics.

John Adler, trust chief executive, said: "There is significant investment being made to develop specialities such as audiology to deal with the new targets.

"Last year, there was a point when 3,000 patients in this area were waiting for hearing aids and audiology tests and we got that to tumble by 2,000 through working weekends and other extra projects.

"This money will go towards extra staffing, redesigning downtime in the hospital and more capacity. It is aimed at cutting bottlenecks, so there won't be any waits that are unusually long."

As part of a new Government target, patients will have only a maximum of 18 weeks to wait from the moment they are referred by their GP to hospital until treatment.

Patients needing sexual health services must be seen within 48 hours.
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