MORE THAN £40 million will be injected into Stafford Hospital to improve services.
A&E will be upgraded and a frail elderly service assessment unit will be created as part of the investment, which totals £91 million across Stafford and Stoke on Trent and will generate hundreds of new jobs.
The cash will allow Stafford Hospital to introduce more daycase surgery across a wider range of specialities, including orthopaedics.
Improvements to theatres will enable patients to have hip and knee surgery in Stafford instead of having to travel elsewhere.
Paediatric outpatient and ‘hospital at home’ services will be expanded and an integrated paediatric assessment process will be set up as part of urgent care services.
University Hospital of North Staffordshire will get a £50 million boost for its City General site, to create new wards, critical care facilities to treat speciality patients and additional car parking.
The announcement comes ahead of the dissolution of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stafford Hospital. In future the Stafford site will be run by University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust.
John Simpson, director of corporate services at UHNS, said: "I'm delighted that the creation of new NHS services, and the facilities to provide them, will create employment and opportunities for the local population.
“This is a perfect example of how the changes to the NHS in Staffordshire will bring benefits to patients and the wider community. It signals the start of a new era in the history of the NHS in Staffordshire."
The two hospitals are also looking to boost their nursing team next week.
An open day will be held at Stafford Hospital’s Post Graduate Centre on Friday, May 30, from 10am to 3pm for people interested in working across both sites.
Helen Inwood, deputy director of nursing, said: "These vacancies are fantastic opportunities for nurses to come and help us integrate care across Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent, for the benefit of patients. We are looking for nurses who can provide the care, compassion and commitment needed in today's healthcare to join our team."