George Eliot Hospital Trust is to invest £400,000 to increase the number of nurses on duty on wards overnight.
It has announced 10 new full-time equivalent nurses will be recruited to work on its five largest wards, as part of efforts to improve skills mix and patient-to-bed ratios on night shifts.
The announcement comes on the back of other recent boosts to frontline nursing staffing at the troubled hospital in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, which was put into special measures last year.
Five organisations – two neighbouring trusts and three private firms – have been shortlisted to take over the running of the hospital and are currently drawing up detailed plans.
Trust director of nursing Dawn Wardell said: “This latest investment shows the trust is fully committed to continuing to improve safety and the quality of care we provide to our patients.
“One of the best ways of delivering efficiency savings is to invest in high quality staff who can ensure our patients are receiving the right care in the right place at the right time and this is something we will continue to do.”
The new nursing posts are set to be advertised in the next couple of weeks.
The trust’s five wards with more than 26 beds are Melly, Nason, Alexandra, Victoria and Elizabeth.
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