HAMPSHIRE has received more than £2m from central government, to help ease urgent and emergency care pressures throughout the winter.

The money has been given as part of a new £40m pot for local authorities which will aid in increasing social care provisions, speeding up hospital discharges, and preventing avoidable hospital admissions.

MP for North West Hampshire, Kit Malthouse, said: "I’m pleased that Hampshire is getting a good chunk of targeted funding to help with urgent and emergency care this winter.

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"This money will come in very useful whether its to pay for a carer to visit someone’s home and help them with everyday tasks such as getting dressed, providing transport to take people home from hospital or providing technology to monitor people at home.

"As well as this extra funding, we have seen healthcare capacity massively increase locally with the new GP surgery at Andover War Memorial Hospital and the community diagnostic centre."

The announcement of £40m funding is in addition to £200m announced in September 2023 to boost resilience in the NHS and help patients get the care they need as quickly as possible this winter. 

Hampshire’s allocation was paid on Monday, December 4.