Barts Health Trust patients to benefit from huge charity grant rise

PUBLISHED: 18:00 08 December 2016

Newham Hospital terrace for orthopaedic patients

Newham Hospital terrace for orthopaedic patients

Barts Charity

The charity of a health trust which runs Newham University Hospital says its annual funding is set to triple to £30 million.

Barts Charity’s vow to “significantly increase” its annual grant budget between 2017 and 2020 means it will become one of the top healthcare funding charities in the capital.

The money raised will support Barts Health NHS Trust’s five hospitals, including Newham University Hospital in Plaistow, by providing community projects, medical research funding and equipment.

The hospital trust was placed into financial special measures in July after figures from the Department of Health revealed it had a £134.9m deficit.

It has since been working on a financial recovery plan to reduce its deficit more quickly but the increased charity grant “is not linked to the trust’s financial situation”, a spokesman for Barts Charity made clear.

He said: “Barts Charity funds innovative projects over and above standard NHS funding. This covers three core areas: research, equipment and infrastructure, and patient and community care.

“The rigorous funding process ensures money is only directed to projects with demonstrable positive impact to patients.

“Barts Charity is independent to Barts Health NHS Trust but works closely with the trust to align their funding with strategic priorities for the trust wherever possible to ensure the charity’s funding has ongoing patient benefit.

Recent projects benefiting patients at Newham University Hospital included a new terrace for orthopaedic patients to enjoy a break from the hospital interior and dementia-friendly artwork on two wards in order to help patients feel more comfortable.

Also in the pipeline is a women’s health research project focused on reducing gestational diabetes, a prevalent problem in east London boroughs such as Newham.

A spokeswoman for Barts Health Trust said: “We welcome the continued support of Barts Charity to provide high quality care, including having awarded £6.8m to improve Newham Hospital’s children’s Rainbow Centre which will open in the new year.”

Further details of the project will be announced early next year.

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