WORKFORCE: Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is set to invest £7m in additional nursing and to increase its in-patients beds by 80 in a bid to increase its capacity in both emergency and non-emergency services.

Chief executive Mike Pinkerton said: “The £7m comes on top of investment this winter in purchasing new equipment and increasing bed numbers. We’ve analysed changes in the number and nature of hospital admission and identified how we can increase capacity and pay for the extra staff to care for these patients.

“By autumn we’ll have about 60 more beds at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. Significantly, our trust headquarters are being converted into a 19-bed ward – my office, like those of the other directors, will be occupied by patients.”

“The money is coming from cash reserves and capital, thanks to the way we’ve reined in spending on areas other than patient care and improved efficiency. Our local GP-led clinical commissioning groups have been very supportive throughout,” he added.